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9/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
Police sting targets stores that sell booze to Kingman teens

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Store clerks who sell packaged alcohol might want to check the identification of anyone who looks younger than 40.

Not only is this good policy, doing so could prevent a misdemeanor charge of selling booze to underage shoppers.

The Kingman Police Department has recruited young people to participate in its Covert Underage Buys (CUB) program.

Cpl. Dan Spivey said underage buyers will go into stores that sell alcohol to make sure clerks are checking ID and asking questions about those ID cards that don't pass the smell test.

The timing is deliberate, said Spivey, as teenage parties tend to increase three times in a year graduation, spring break and back to school.

Minors obviously attempt to purchase alcohol more often during these times, said Spivey.

"We're not doing this to get people in trouble," said Spivey, "but to make people aware. Kids are sneaky. They go in when the clerk is busy. They have fake IDs. We want to encourage them to ask for ID."

Spivey said about 10 percent of clerks "responded poorly" in prior CUB operations.

Only one clerk, however, willfully sold alcohol to a minor.

"He asked her if she was of age and she said no," said Spivey. "He sold it to her anyway, but told her not to wrap her head around a telephone pole."

Spivey said that type of behavior wouldn't be tolerated.

Even those who failed to comply through honest oversight face a misdemeanor charge of selling alcohol to minors, and the stores at which they work could also be held liable.

The KPD will send letters to businesses notifying managers of the CUB operation and to remind them to educate their employees.

The goal should be obvious. "There are tragedies all over the country because of inexperienced drivers under the influence of alcohol," said Spivey.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

Jokes on you. KPD has this undercover operation several times a year. And they have been doing it for years, without saying anything about it. Unfortunately, there are a large number of underage people who either can't or don't know how to read, so, they always get caught. There's also the ignorant adults who purchase alcohol & cigarettes for minors... You'd think after all of these years they would wise up.

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013
Article comment by: angela patterson

@Get Serious, the police dept is supposed to encourage and enforce public safety, not bullying for the bust. I've seen way too much of that in our town. It's a relief to work "with" DPS and feel a sense of respect instead of feeling targeted.
On a second note, look at the times DUI check points are announced and they still catch the truely deviant and ignorant, so will be the same in this "sting".

Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Article comment by: Get Serious

Nothing like an undercover operation that is public knowledge prior to execution. It's clear Kingman Police Dept. doesn't want to bust any business. These efforts should be conducted randomly and around the year unannounced.

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Article comment by: love the locals

make sure to post those who get caught!!

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