More than half of the targeted stores in Montgomery County came through a recent alcohol sting with flying colors.
Over the past few days, area law enforcement agencies coordinated by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department conducted sting operations at 31 area stores that sell alcoholic beverages.
They were pretty simple operations. Officers sent minors into the stores asking to buy alcohol. If the minor was refused, good for the business. If the minor left with a bottle, the cashier was arrested.
Of the 31 area stores, 19 followed the law, leaving a dozen cashiers in handcuffs.
The Sheriff’s Department would not comment on the results as compared with previous sting operations, but Undersheriff Jeff Smith called the percentage of arrests unacceptable.
“This ... shows that alcohol is getting into the hands of people under 21 way too often,” he said in a news release.
With prom and graduation parties looming on the horizon, the Sheriff’s Department plans to do more alcohol stings, hoping for a higher cashier success rate.
Stores where the staff followed the law:
Stewart’s, St. Johnsville;
Kinney Drugs, St. Johnsville;
Cumberland Farms, St. Johnsville;
Stewart’s, Fort Plain;
Nice N Easy, Fort Plain;
Wrath of Grapes, Fort Plain;
Flint Liquors, Canajoharie;
Quick Gas Mart, Canajoharie;
Cumberland Farms, Palatine Bridge;
Price Chopper, Palatine Bridge;
Stewart’s, Palatine Bridge;
Cumberland Farms, Fonda;
Super Mart, Fultonville;
Lucky Dogs, Fultonville;
Main Street Mart, Amsterdam;
Guy Park Citgo, Amsterdam;
Main Street Billiards, Amsterdam;
Imperial Lanes; Amsterdam.
Charged with misdemeanor unlawful dealing with a child:
Renee L. Raux, 51, of Little M Mart, St. Johnsville;
Brandon Terrell, 31, of Save A Lot, Fort Plain;
Nisar Rana, 40, of Petro USA, Canajoharie;
Kenneth Daly, 70, of Dalys Liquor Mart, Palatine Bridge;
Alcide Bourdeau, 69, of Rite Aid, Palatine Bridge;
Sukhlinder Singh, 56, of Betty Beavers, Fultonville;
Tammy Robb, 47, of Winners Circle, Fonda;
Erik Crane, 32, of Loopies, Tribes Hill;
Carol Stearns, 53, of Kozy Corner, Tribes Hill;
Shakit Rajawat, 28, of Valley View Mart, Amsterdam;
Jeffrey Zukas, 59, of Dutch Mart Convenience, Amsterdam;
Giovanni Objio, 52, of El Caribe Market, Amsterdam.