Press Releases

Monday 06/26/2017 3:35 PM - Alcohol Enforcement - Underage Decoy Store Purchase & Shoulder Tap Operations

Contact: A. Perry, Sergeant
Phone: (805) 781-4529
Type of Incident: Alcohol Enforcement - Underage Decoy Store Purchase & Shoulder Tap Operations
Date and Time of Incident: 06-23-27 at 9:02PM
Place of Occurrence: Oceano Market & Gas, 1711 Front Street, Oceano
Victim Information: Not Applicable
Suspect Information: Zachary Breck Stone Thompson, 20 years old, Nipomo
Details of News Release: On 06-23-17 between the hours of 4:00 PM and 10:00PM, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office’s Alcohol Compliance Team (ACT) operated a California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) grant funded minor decoy and shoulder tap operation in the Avila Beach, Los Osos, and Oceano areas. The “Minor Decoy Program” is an enforcement operation that utilizes minor decoys to enter retail stores to purchase alcoholic beverages. The “Decoy Shoulder Tap Program” is an enforcement operation that utilizes minor decoys to solicit customers to purchase alcoholic beverages on their behalf. If the sale or furnishing of alcohol to the minor decoy takes place, a team of deputy sheriffs specifically trained in ABC enforcement programs immediately take enforcement action against the person responsible for the violation. On 06-23-17 at 9:02PM, the ACT team arrested a register clerk (Thompson) at Oceano Market & Gas for selling alcoholic beverages to the minor decoy. During the operation, all other retailers and forty-one (41) persons solicited to furnish alcohol responsibly declined to participate. Zachary Thompson was released on his signed promise to appear (citation) and will be charged through the District Attorney’s Office for illegally furnishing/selling alcohol to a minor, a violation of Business & Professions Code § 25658(a), a misdemeanor. The Sheriff’s Office will be forwarding the retailer violation case to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for consideration of administrative action against the alcohol licensee. The Sheriff’s Office will be continuing ABC grant funded operations through June 30, 2017. Ongoing programs include minor decoy deployment, shoulder tap operations, on-sale and off-sale licensee monitoring, and false identification detection operations. Media inquiries related to the Sheriff’s Office’s ACT enforcement programs can be directed to (805) 781-4529.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Monday 06/26/2017 3:35 PM