Alcohol sting nabs three businesses |

Alcohol sting nabs three businesses

Local law enforcement and the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control cited three Truckee businesses on suspicion of selling alcohol to a minor Wednesday night.

In an effort to lessen the sales of alcohol to minors in Truckee, a 19-year-old decoy attempted to purchase alcohol under the supervision of officers at 10 different ABC-licensed businesses around Truckee.

The three business that were cited include the Pastime Club, 7-Eleven on Brockway Road and the Beacon gas station on Donner Pass Road. The Pastime and Beacon were both written up in May.

Three out of 10 marks a decline from a previous sting in May, when six out of 13 businesses were cited.

“I would hope the message is getting through,” said Truckee police Lt. Randy Fenn. “I think it was pretty good. The majority did what they were supposed to do.”

In an ABC sting operation minors go into a business and ask for an alcoholic beverage. If minor decoys are asked their age they tell the truth, and if they are asked for identification the minors shows their actual I.D. If they are served, they pay for the drink, and it’s all under the supervision of the police or the ABC.

None of the owners of of the cited businesses were available for comment by press time. The managers at Beacon and 7-Eleven declined comment.

The seven compliant businesses were the Tourist Club, Rite Aid, Safeway, Albertsons, 7-Eleven on Donner Pass Road, Donner Gate Chevron, and Longs.

A letter will be sent to each of the compliant businesses informing them of the results, Fenn said.

Paul Fuentes, a supervising investigator with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said he wasn’t surprised by the decline in citations.

“The second time there are not as many violators. They know it could happen again,” Fuentes said.

Fuentes could not comment on any specifics from the case because he hadn’t received the full report yet.

The Truckee Police Department was working under a grant from the ABC that was available for the year. Fenn said he wasn’t sure if there would be another sting.

“This is our second operation this year, I would be surprised if we do it again this year, but we may, and ABC could do it again if they want,” he said.

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