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Buying Booze For Kids: ‘Shoulder Tap’ From Neighboring City Prompts Reminder Of What Can Happen

A juvenile, acting as a decoy, was part of sting operation that nabbed two people Wednesday.

A Hemet police sting to nab adults willing to buy alcoholic beverages for underage drinkers is serving as a reminder to all residents.

On Tuesday, the "shoulder tap" operation occurred at five Hemet liquor and convenience stores licensed by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, according to Hemet police Cpl. Glen Brock.

He said a juvenile, acting as a decoy, was positioned outside each of the stores and -- under the watchful eye of officers nearby -- solicited customers going into the establishments, asking them to buy him beer.

Twenty-seven people were approached. Two agreed to make purchases for the youth, according to Brock.

"Both of the people who purchased alcohol for the minor were cited and released from the scene," he said. "The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service."

An ABC grant funded the operation.

David Pereira December 06, 2012 at 06:22 PM
If the cops didn't put the kid there, the people wouldn't have even thought of buying a minor liquor. What a sham. Don't the Hemet police have anything better to do? Like clean up that craphole of a city?
dick weed December 07, 2012 at 02:44 AM
hahaha u think they would be after tweakers and burglars and other real crime, but like murrieta lets work on all the easy stuff and leave the more dangerous stuff out there unless we really really have to do are jobs oh and we will harass kids lot les effort than real crime good one david
Lepimpster December 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Entrapment!
Crystal December 07, 2012 at 08:34 PM
This would not work in lake elsinore.

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