Four store clerks were arrested for selling alcohol to minors during a sting operation conducted by the New Windsor Police Department on Thursday. Police say they even warned the businesses ahead of time of the upcoming sting.
Police conducted the underage alcohol sale enforcement operation at 23 businesses within the town that are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.
The below businesses and associated employees are accused of selling alcoholic beverages to a person under the age of 21 years-old:
1. QuickChek – 170 Windsor Hwy. – Fabrizio A. Rimac, 18 years old of Newburgh, NY.
2. Preet Liquors – 1035 Little Britain Road – Ms. Teresita P. Garcia, 70 years old of New Windsor, NY.
3. Citgo Food Mart – 1069 Little Britain Road – Mr. Lalith S. Udamadura, 56 years old of New Windsor, NY.
4. Wine O’Clock Liquor Store – 436 Blooming Grove Tpk. – Ms. Sanghee Sayed, 64 years old of Newburgh, NY.
Each employee was charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the 1st degree, a Class A misdemeanor. All four employees were processed and released on appearance tickets to appear in Town Court on 6/28/2022.
The New Windsor Police Department stated they will send written violation notices to the New York State Liquor Authority for each business involved. The businesses will then face a hearing with the New York State Liquor Authority for the violations and a severe penalty can be imposed upon the businesses.
“The sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor is one of the most serious violations of the Alcohol Beverage Control Law,” Police Chief Robert Doss commented. “It should be known that in the weeks prior to conducting this detail, we first visited each of these 23 locations to discuss the seriousness of underage alcohol sales and we warned them that we would be planning enforcement details in the upcoming weeks. These four businesses clearly did not heed our warnings. I can ensure the community that further enforcement efforts will take place in the very near future.”