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Redding Police Department and the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) run operation in attempt to reduce underage drinking.


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