Two Winter Haven convenience store sales clerks were arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office this month for selling alcohol to minors during PCSO’s ongoing “Operation Pop Top” campaign in Central Florida, in which deputies visit convenience stores to ensure they are not selling alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.
A 50-year-old clerk at the Inwood Discount Beverage store located at 3317 Avenue G NW, was charged with selling alcohol to a minor (a misdemeanor). He was caught selling a 25-ounce Natural Light beer to a 17-year old who is a member of the PCSO’s Explorers, a program for high school students who are interested in a career in law enforcement.
Also arrested was a 37-year-old clerk at The Best store located at 2415 Avenue G NW. He was charged with selling alcohol to a minor (a misdemeanor) when he was caught selling a 16-ounce Busch Light beer to a 17-year old who is a member of the PCSO’s Explorers.
“Deputies visited a total of four stores Thursday in the Winter Haven area, and two of them were in compliance with state alcohol sales laws,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “Operation Pop Top is a necessary campaign that we will continue in an effort to protect the children of Polk County.”