Clerks cited in underage alcohol-buying sting

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By Jenny Hartley

Ten store clerks were cited for selling alcohol to minors after a sting by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

According to sheriff’s office incident reports, officers used an 18-year-old to go into stores and try to buy alcohol on Jan. 24. The teenager was given marked money and sent into the stores.

After the transactions, the teen turned the alcohol over to officers and the officers went into the stores to write tickets.

“We don’t send someone in who looks 30,” Sheriff Barry Faile said. “We send someone who looks like a kid.”

The clerks charged with selling alcohol to persons under 21 are:

 – Annette Edith Baskins, 64, Panhandle Store, Indian Land

 – Randy Wayne Knight, 50, North Corner Grocery, Lancaster

 – Terry Lynn Self, 49, Smokerise In and Out, Lancaster

 – Raymundo Antomar-chi, 33, Crossroads Package Store, Lancaster

 –  Elizabeth Butler, 45, Community Discount Beverage, Lancaster

 – Vikasbhai Maheshbhai Patel, 48, Twin Pines Citgo, Lancaster

 – Kathy Small Mosley, 53, Bypass Stop-N-Go, Lancaster

 – Krit B. Patel, 34, Twin Pines EPC

 – Amy Beth Robels, Riverside Express, West Meeting Street, Lancaster

 – Stephanie Harrison, Texaco Station: Southern Stores, North Main Street, Lancaster

A majority of stores targeted in the sting did not sell alcohol to the teenagers.

Those stores are: Herchek’s; Westgate Exxon; Riverside Grocery and Grill; Slip In Texaco; Sam’s Mart, Indian Land; Cobblestone Creek Market, Indian Land; Market Express; Indian Land Gate Station; Indian Land Texaco; Raceway Express; Twin Pines Food Mart; C&G Texaco; Jones Crossroads Store; Stop ‘N’ Shop; Liberty ABC Store; Country Corner; Highway 9 ABC Store; Speedy Mart; Lucky 99; Lloyd’s 200 North; S&S Food Mart; Indian Land EPC; Crenco Food Stores.

Sheriff Barry Faile said the sheriff’s office was able to use grant money from the state to conduct the sting. The Alcohol Enforcement Team money was awarded to the 6th Judicial Circuit.

“We certainly don’t want kids to go into a store and be able to buy alcohol,” Faile said.

Other alcohol operations are planned in the future.

Officers are required under the grant to conduct bar checks, disperse parties where there is underage drinking and conduct public safety checkpoints.

“The overall goal is to reduce underage alcohol consumption,” said Undersheriff David Belk.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151