Redding Police Department officers conducted a Minor Decoy operation and a Shoulder Tap operation on October 24, 2020, from 12 pm to 5 pm in the City of Redding. Minor Decoy operations involve minors who work under the direct supervision of officers. The minors attempt to purchase alcohol from retail licensees. A Shoulder Decoy operation targets adults who purchase alcohol for people less than 21 years of age. Under the program, minors under the direct supervision of officers will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol after indicating they are underage and cannot purchase the alcohol for themselves.
Store employees who sell alcohol to a minor face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business where alcohol was sold to a minor. That may include a fine, a suspension or the permanent revocation of the license. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.
During the Minor Decoy operation two store clerks were cited for selling alcohol to a minor: Autumn Renae Carr, age 28 of Redding, Circle K, 2220 Westwood Avenue; Anthony William Wheeling, age 25 of Anderson, Chevron 5150 Churn Creek Road.
During the Shoulder Tap operation two individuals were cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor: Christopher Michael Scott, age 29 of Redding; Richard Kenith French, age 29 of Redding.
Contact: Sergeant Montgomery ID# 314
Approved By: Sergeant Forsberg ID# 302