For Immediate Release

SAVANNAH, GA (November 1, 2010): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police arrested two store clerks after a sting operation caught them selling alcohol to minors.  

Friday, October 29, from 6:40 to 7:30 p.m. the Precinct Two Downtown Special Operation Unit ( DSO) conducted a surveillance operation of Roney Liquor at 726 West Oglethorpe St..

The operation was conducted because there had been several complaints of alcohol sales to minors, and some recent cases where the suspects indicated they purchased the alcohol from Roney Liquor.

Cameras were used to monitor the customers going into, and leaving the store. There were also two plain clothed officers in the area to better identify underage customers.

In the first ten minutes of the operation, all of the takedown units were busy with underage suspects who purchased alcohol. The first suspect stopped was a 17-year-old student. He stated that everyone in his high school knows they won’t get carded there.

After 45 minutes into the operation, cases were made against the clerks to avoid any other underage people leaving with alcohol.

There were 12 people cited on City Ordinance Citations for possession of alcohol by a minor. One was 17, one was 18, seven were 19, and three were 20. None appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and were released on citation.

Nimakumari Patel, 25, and Krishnal Patel, 27, were arrested and charged with sales of alcohols to minors. They were allowed to close and secure the store before being transported to the Chatham County Detention Center.