Three Area Stores Are Nabbed For Selling Alcohol To Minors

Only 13 percent of the stores that were subjected to a recent underage drinking compliance check sold alcohol to minors.

The New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with local law enforcement agencies, conducted statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores, looking for fake IDs and retailers who sell alcohol to minors. Out of 851 businesses visited for compliance checks, 186 were found to be selling to underage agents.

Stores that sold alcohol to underage agents were the Allen Street Grocery & Deli Mart, 340 Allen St., Jamestown; Robo at 817 N. Main St., Jamestown; and Don’s Car Wash, 184 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood.

Conversely, 21 stores properly checked identification and denied alcohol sales to minors. The stores are listed here:

¯ 575 Convenience Store, 575 W. Fairmount Ave., Jamestown;

¯ Tops Market, 20 Center St., Frewsburg;

¯ Bemus Point Market, 12 Main St., Bemus Point;

¯ Red Apple Food Mart, Main and Center streets, Frewsburg;

¯ Bridgeview One Stop, 4910 Main St., Bemus Point;

¯ Frewsburg Wine and Spirits, 22 W. Main St., Frewsburg;

¯ Robo on 430, 3018 Route 430, Bemus Point;

¯ The General Store, 2501 S. Work St., Falconer;

¯ Raynors Liquor Store, 213 Fluvanna Ave., Jamestown;

¯ Crosby’s, 114-116 E. Main St., Falconer;

¯ Jamestown Save A Lot, 194 Fluvanna Ave., Jamestown;

¯ Robo in Falconer, 34 E. Main St., Falconer;

¯ Rite Aid Pharmacy, 811 N. Main St., Jamestown;

¯ Falconer Liquor Store, 214 E. Main St., Falconer;

¯ Brick City Market, 101 W. Fourth St., Jamestown;

¯ Kwik Fill, 455 W. Main St., Falconer;

¯ East Side Liquors, 713 E. Second St., Jamestown;

¯ Bardos Liqour Store, 1370 E. Second St., Jamestown;

¯ JB Liquor Store, 766A Foote Ave., Jamestown;

¯ 7-Eleven, 1011 E. Second St., Jamestown; and

¯ Shop N Suds, 111 Marion St., Jamestown.

“Underage drinking and fake IDs are not only illegal but can lead to reckless decisions with lifelong consequences,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “We will continue to take action to hold businesses accountable for illegal sales as well as those who use fake IDs. We have zero tolerance for these offenses in New York.”

Licensees charged with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $3,000 for a first-time offense. Repeat offenders also face potential suspension or revocation of their licenses. Additionally, employees or licensees who sell to minors can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. Persons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents with the intent of purchasing alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year.