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9 Charged Following 'Cops in Shops' Detail in Brick

Police posed as liquor store workers in two shops in town

A program where police work undercover as liquor store employees to combat underage alcohol purchases led to the arrest of nine people over the past two weekends, Brick police said.

The undercover detail, known as the "Cops in Shops" program, is funded through grants and involves officers posing as store employees or positioned outside of liquor stores that participate.

Over the past two weekends, officers worked at the Mantoloking Road Buy Rite store and Wine World on Route 88.

Sgt. David Bedrosian said officials decided to hold the program in March because officers often see an uptick in drunken driving incidents, including traffic fatalities, this time of year.

"The exact cause of the increase is unclear, but may be due in part to spring break and other March festivities," Bedrosian said. "Unfortunately, it results in people making poor decisions."

Arrested at Buy Rite Liquors were: Courtney Jackson, 21, of Brickon a charge of purchasing alcohol for a person under the legal age; Evan O’Hara, 19, of Brick, on a charge of attempting to have a person of legal age purchase alcohol for him; Alexander Volek, 20, of Brick, on a charge of attempting to have a person of legal age purchase alcohol for him; Timothy Carney, 19, of Brick, on a charge of attempting to have a person of legal age purchase alcohol for him; Brian Mackey, 22, of Brick, on a charge of purchasing alcohol for a person under legal age; William Eisley, 19, of Brick, on a charge of attempting to have a person of legal age purchase alcohol for him.

Arrested at Wine World were: William Kavanagh, 18, of Point Pleasant on a charge of attempting to purchase alcohol while being under the legal age to do so; and Zachary Smith, 18, of Brick, on a charge of attempting to purchase alcohol while being under the legal age to do so.

Also arrested was Andrew Norris, 19, of Manchester, on charges of shoplifting, obstruction, possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under the legal age, and entering a premises licensed for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of attempting to purchase alcohol while being under the legal age to do so.

With the exception of Norris, all of the suspects were processed on scene and released on a short form of complaint pending court action, Bedrosian said.

Norris was arrested and transported to Brick Township Police headquarters where he was processed and released on a criminal complaint summons pending court action.

Bedrosian said the department will continue its crackdown on underage drinking and continue the use of supplemental DWI patrols in the coming months.

Pirate of the new age March 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM
The new store is owned by the same owner of Wine World, the other store in this article. As for the program, it's not funded by solely by the town, state grants do derived from tax on alcohol, so don't dump on BPD. Also it is a valuable tool for the owners protecting their livelihood. These owners have invested huge amounts of money just to open their doors and should have enforcement support just like a homeowner.
mammalove March 19, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Point taken, BUT 18 IS NOT the legal age, NOT a waste... sorry maybe you never got hit by a Drunk driver that's underage... Think its wonderful that they where proactive before something deadly happened.
Tom Cular March 19, 2013 at 01:50 PM
I agree with others who stated that if you're old enough for military service you are old enough to have a beer. I've had that opinion for more than 50 years.
Tex March 19, 2013 at 01:56 PM
You should have to be 21 for a 20 oz soda too. After all, alcohol has medicinal purposes, soda does not... Just ask mayor nanny bloomberg!
Brick Dragon Mom# March 19, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Unbelievable , although it seems socially acceptable by parents around here that 21 Is the drinking Age ( like it or not) NOT 18, 19, or 20 the police where doing their job. I wonder how many of you would be saying the something is a 19 yr old drunk driver hit you or worse killed someone... You would all be pointed the finger at the liquor store & the family getting ready to sue the store If you have 18 year old that has the need to get drunk already, stop worry about the cops doing their job & get help for your kid
Fight Club March 19, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Funny that nanny state lovers , almost always seem to have a female name. Also they seem to complain alot when they do not agree with the opinions of another poster. Alot of what is wrong in this country is because of this PC.
Paul Michaelis March 19, 2013 at 03:17 PM
It's the LAW they were enforcing, if you don't like the law get it changed, that is if there are enough like-minded people to do so. Meanwhile, these semi-juveniles haven't enough sense to know when they've had too much to drink. I know, I had Navy shore patrol duty and had to rescue these so-called adults many times.......they may be old enough to serve in the military but they 're also too immature to know when they're too far gone. Protecting Navy drunks against creeps who would "roll" them or worse got to be pretty hairy at times.
Fight Club March 19, 2013 at 03:24 PM
If it is the law, why are cops in shops still not there today ???.....Just part of growing up, learning and becoming an adult.......And i am sure most of those Navy drunks were over 21
Paul Michaelis March 19, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Wahoo; No, you are wrong, most of those drunks were just out of boot camp and weren't 21. The older sailors knew better than to get tanked in bad bars or if they did, their buddies would help them. It was the younger, on the loose for the first time, white hats who didn't know enough to cover their butts.
Brick Dragon Mom# March 19, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Chief what a stupid thing to say...1) maybe the parents can actually do their job & not count on other people to do it for them ( although around here the parents are probably drinking with their kids since the Red lion has closed) 2) " its part of growing up" what??? breaking the law is part of growing up?? Well I guess that explains a lot of what goes on around in Brick
johny9179 March 19, 2013 at 04:13 PM
so on their 21st birthday they know when they had too much? theirs no argument underage drinking shouldnt be a top priority of the cops. and those underage if you see a white guuy with a flat top at the register or looking at a bottle of wine for 10 minutes get the hell out of there
M22 March 19, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Brick dragon mom.., your comment is just as stupid. Not all parents drink. Don't insult others when your comment is just as dumb.
Jo Amesco March 19, 2013 at 05:19 PM
wonder if Dan T sells or has any connection to these stores "around" Brick... there's a doubble dip for ya fella.! ? just sayn.
clamdigger March 19, 2013 at 05:24 PM
you're confusing drinking and driving w/ the topic of the article. DWI is another topic unto itself. as for "underage" drinking, along w/ several friends, we were all drinking when were are about 15 under adult supervision. By the time 21 rolled around the "novelty" of drinking had pretty much worn off and we all had a decent tolerance level built up and knew what our "limits" were as opposed to others who burst into the age of 21 and had no clue. By the time we hit 21, we could walk into a bar and drink, not be obnoxious and sit at the adult table, not be relegated to the kiddie table. learning how to drink and how it affects you is just as important as learning how to do anything else.
Sherry L March 19, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Good job Brick PD.
The Voice Of Justice March 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM
understand the intentions are good but right now i think there's bigger fish to fry.
none of yobusiness March 19, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Big bust bet they went out for a couple of drinks after their shift.
Brick rez March 19, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Completely Agree was thinking the something... & those that are saying that " its part of growing up"everyone does it" sounds like your as mature as the 19 yr old going to buy liquor underage I never Did, Nor has my 18 yr old daughter ( & has no desire too) Stop trying to be you children's friends & be their role models & be their parents .... kids learn what they see... why Not take them to Church & get them involved in the community clean up & any thing else that can be done... Just take a look there's LOTS that can keep them busy Good Job Brick PD. for doing a great job & preventing a deadly out come..
darrell March 19, 2013 at 09:15 PM
So what. I bet they were of age and certainly deserved a beer after patroling Brick for a day.
clamdigger March 19, 2013 at 09:45 PM
god answer Darrell, but if a guy was in the Nat'l. Guard, Coast Guard, regular army or any other branch of the service and saving lives here in the state he couldn't have the same benefit.
clamdigger March 19, 2013 at 09:47 PM
if I had an 18yr old daughter, i'd want her to know how to handle her liquor rather than learn on her own away from home for the first few times.
AJ March 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM
SUCH A WASTE, those kids futures are dampened by trying to have a beer with their friends on the weekend, what happened to peace officers, not blaming cops because they only know what their told but this country is going down the wrong path.
J.JONES March 20, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Be a parent and control and teach your kids whats right and whats wrong ...Respect is earned not given out as a gift..
darrell March 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Change the law. Get a group together and start a petition to have it changed back to 18 if that's what you want. Do something about it if you don't feel it's right!
sad but true March 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM
The Drinking age is 21... that's the law like it or NOT!! why don't you teach your kids to obey the law NOT disregard it because YOU think it should be something else. IF the people here are any example of what the parents are thinking NO WONDER the kids don't respect he law... the parents Don't!!! ** GOOD JOB BRICK POLICE ** !
ThatGuy March 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM
As a minor I learned a lot from this...trial and error/watching and learning...now I know when I have people pick up for me just to meet them somewhere else lol
Anthony March 23, 2013 at 12:34 AM
"How would you like it if one of these underage..." Stop right there, Id like it about as much as if a 21+ drunk driver hit me, which is the demographic that makes up the OVERWHELMING majority of drunk drivers. You guys act like the people who legally consume alcohol are doing so responsibly, while all these kids are just pounding beers and heading out the door to go slam into one of your cars. It's the exact opposite if you want to get technical. While your age makes up the huge majority of DUI cases, maybe you should bite your tongue before you go yapping off about these kids slamming into a family.
NobodyGotTimeForThat March 24, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Driving under the influence of alcohol was associated with age in 2010. The rate was highest among persons aged 21 to 25 (23.4 percent). An estimated 5.8 percent of 16 or 17 year olds and 15.1 percent of 18 to 20 year olds reported driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year. Beyond age 25, these rates showed a general decline with increasing age. "Raise the age to 25," said No One.
Nikki g March 25, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Why aren't the cops out on the streets dealing with real serious crime. What happened to protecting us from robbers murders kidnappers ! Shouldn't they be looking out for drunk / high drivers who r driving around dealing coke pills weed etc all around our neighborhood !!cops in shops my ass that's jus another bullshit excuse for them to hide out and not do shit besides bust young kids for drinking ( we all did it and if u didnt congrats to u for being different) and think they did a great job and still get paid good money
Daniellee March 25, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Cops in shops to bust a parent or older friend for buying a beer? How does the cops in shops know the alcohol bought by people of the legal age is being bought for someone under the age? Clearly no body in brick is dying from some alcohol. People are dying from heroin and real drugs! Instead of cops hiding out at the liquor stores not doing shit why don't you go follow some kidnappers and rapists and murderers or the drug dealers in this town who are actually killing our friends or families?! Oh ya because over 18 it's okay to die for your country or pay taxes nd give the state money for nothing but I can't have a little drink. Pfft.

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