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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.

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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