Underage Drinking Sting Nabs 4 in Rensselaer County
State and local police departments have conducted a number of underage drinking stings around the area since the beginning of the year. Troopers in Rensselaer checked over a dozen establishments that serve alcohol, including restaurants, liquor stores, gas stations and beverage centers.
In each case, a plain clothes officer is present when one or more underage operatives enter the business and attempt to purchase alcohol. The operatives are not 21 and are not permitted to lie about their age if asked or provide any kind of false identification. Therefore, placing all liability on the establishment to check and confirm the age of the patron.
Out of the 18 places checked, four of them were cited for selling alcohol to a minor. They are:
Creekside Wine & Liquor Barn, Route 7 Pittstown
Sunoco, Route 7 Pittstown
Cumberland Farms, Church St. Hoosick Falls
Brunswick BBQ & Brew, Route 2 Troy
Police charged four people, one from each establishment, with unlawful dealing with a minor - a misdemeanor - after selling alcohol to a person under 21 years of age.
Twelve other establishments in Rensselaer County were also checked by police, with no problems.
Those who state police recognized for their compliance:
Giuseppe's, Route 7 Hoosick Falls
Man of Kent, Route 7 Hoosick Falls
Stewarts, Route 7 Hoosick Falls
Mikey Mart, Route 7 Hoosick Falls
Walgreens, Main St Hoosick Falls
Hoosac Package Liquor, Classic St Hoosick Falls
Sand Bar, Lyman St Hoosick Falls
Unihog, Center St Hoosick Falls
Stewarts, River St Hoosick Falls
Tops, Route 22 Hoosick Falls
Dollar General, State Route 22 Hoosick Falls
Cobble Pond Farms, State Route 2 Cropseyville
Tamarac Wine & Spirits, State Route 2 Cropseyville
Stewarts, Church Rd Cropseyville