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Posted on: March 4, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Round Two of Tobacco Checks Results in 3 Sales to a Minor

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FY 2014 Tobacco Compliance Checks for Round Two Completed, 3 Sales to a Minor

In cooperation with a grant from the Illinois Liquor Commission, the Pontiac Police Department has completed round two of one retail tobacco compliance checks as part of the protocol for the Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here retail tobacco sales campaign Fiscal Year 2014. The purpose of the grant is to educate retailers and reduce underage access to tobacco. Pontiac Police distribute educational kits to retailers at the beginning of each campaign to help train employees. Pontiac Police conduct compliance checks by sending in a minor agent under the supervision of a police officer to attempt to purchase tobacco. All minor agents will produce ID and state their age when asked. The second round of compliance checks of 14 Pontiac tobacco retailers 3 retailer employees not in compliance.

Compliance checks were conducted in the evening of March 3, 2015.

The Pontiac Police Department has been a part of the Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here campaign since 2007 and has been awarded a continuing grant for the programs Fiscal Year 2014.

Receiving Citations were:
Theresa Chavez of Pontiac for a sale to a minor at Freedom Oil, 957 W. Reynolds St.
Marguerite Davis of Pontiac for a sale to a minor at Mobil, 602 Ewing Dr.
Ted Williams of Pontiac for a sale to a minor at Leo’s Tobacco, 1714 W. Reynolds St.

A violation is a petty offense with a fine of $200.

The Pontiac Police Department wishes to recognize those businesses that ID minors and refused to sell to our minor agent.

Casey's General Store 703 E. Howard St.
County Market 406 W. Madison St.
Exit 197 952 W. Reynolds St.
Pontiac Mini Mart 743 W. Howard St
Pontiac Travel Mart 1909 W. Reynolds St.
Shell Station 1910 W. Reynolds St.
Thornton's Oil 948 W. Reynolds St.
Tobacco and Cigars 305 U.S. Route 66
Trainor BP Amoco 319 W Howard St.
Walgreen's 1001 W. Reynolds St.
Wal-Mart 1706 W. Reynolds

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