CARMEL, N.Y. -- A dozen local businesses been have caught selling alcohol to underage people, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.
It has partnered with the Putnam Communities that Care Coalition to do compliance checks of "off premise" locations -- places that sell alcohol to be consumed elsewhere, like grocery stores, convenience stores, delis, gas stations and liquor stores.
"Each day we see evidence of the toll underage drinking has on our communities," said Sheriff Donald Smith. "By conducting these compliance checks it not only makes more difficult for young people to obtain alcoholic beverages, but it reminds retail business owners and their employees to remain vigilant when selling alcohol to individuals that appear to be underage."
Members of the Sheriff's Department assigned to the initiative used individuals under 21 and visited 99 locations in Putnam County.
Smith reported that, as of Aug. 23, department members had made 12 arrests during the three months of the initiative. All the arrests were of employees who sold alcohol to the underage agents without verifying they legally could.
Here are the businesses that failed the compliance checks:
- BP Gas, on Fair Street in Carmel;
- Route 6 Mobil, at 67 Gleneida Ave. in Carmel;
- Gulf Gas, on Route 9D in Garrison;
- Speedway Gas, on Route 52 in Kent;
- Sunoco Gas, on Dykeman Road in Kent;
- Shell Gas, on Route 6 in Mahopac;
- Millstone Wine & Liquors, on Route 6 in Mahopac;
- Patterson Deli, on Route 22 in Patterson;
- Route 22 Mobil Gas, in Southeast Brewster;
- Shell, on Route 22, in Brewster;
- On the Border Beer & Soda, on Route 6 in Brewster; and
- Citgo Gas, on Route 22 in Brewster.
Smith said the Putnam CTC Coalition obtained the funding to implement the compliance checks initiative. Smith and the Putnam CTC Coalition remind business owners that the compliance checks are ongoing and ask that they and their employees be vigilant when selling alcohol.