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Schenectady Co. Sheriff: Schenectady, Niskayuna stores cited in underage alcohol sales sting

Schenectady Co. Sheriff: Schenectady, Niskayuna stores cited in underage alcohol sales sting

A store in Cobleskill was also cited in a sting there, state police say
Schenectady Co. Sheriff: Schenectady, Niskayuna stores cited in underage alcohol sales sting
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SCHENECTADY -- An underage alcohol sales sting last week found sales went through at three stores out of 52 checked, Schenectady County Sheriff's officials said.

The sheriff's office conducted the operation with members of the state police Nov. 27, officials said in a release Wednesday.

State police in Schoharie County conducted a similar sting the same night and arrested one, a clerk at a Cobleskill Save A Lot, state police said Wednesday.

The Schenectady County operation checked 52 total retail convenient-type and supermarket stores located in Schenectady, Rotterdam, Niskayuna, Glenville and Scotia, officials said.

Clerks at three stores are accused of selling to a minor. Officials identified the stores where the sales happened as State Street Convenience, 1339 State St., Schenectady; Country Farms, 1031 Crane St., Schenectady, and Mobil Mart, 3497 State St., Niskayuna.

The individuals accused of selling the alcohol to the minor were charged with unlawfully dealing with a child and sale of an alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of 21. The allegations have been referred to the state liquor authority related to the stores.

Charged were Budraj P. Seenanan, 59, of Schenectady, at State Street Convenience; Savitri Singh, 19, of Schenectady, at the Crane Street Country Farms; and David K. Myers, 36, of Niskayuna, at the Mobil Mart, officials said.

Those charged were released to appear in court later.

In the Cobleskill case, state police identified the clerk charged as David R. Karper, Jr., 38, of Cobleskill. He's accused of selling alcohol to the underage person just before 8 p.m. at the Save A Lot. 

"We're very pleased that the overwhelming majority of retail establishment employees did not sell an alcoholic beverage to an underage individual," Sheriff Dominic Dagostino said in a statement. "Their vigilance adds to the safety of our youth and communities."

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