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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 3/27/2013 

 Operation Pop Top 


"In an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors, along with the help of PCSO explorers, Polk County Sheriff’s Office School Resource deputies have checked 51 businesses in two days,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.  “I commend the businesses and conscientious store clerks for complying with the law.  For those who do not comply, make no mistake, we will arrest you for selling alcohol and tobacco to a minor.”

Polk County Sheriff’s Office, School Resource deputies, along with the assistance of a PCSO Explorer, (Explorers are high school student volunteers), routinely conduct “Operation Pop-Top” in an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors.

On Monday, March 25, 2013, 12 stores in the Lake Alfred and Haines City areas were checked.   Ten of which were in compliance with Florida statutes.   

The stores found in compliance with Florida beverage law:

Dollar General 725 South Lakeshore Drive Lake Alfred

Citgo 530 South Lakeshore Drive Lake Alfred

Beverage Castle 525 South Lakeshore Drive Lake Alfred

Sunrise Supermarket 285 South Lakeshore Drive Lake Alfred

Quick Trip 1005 East Alfred Drive Lake Alfred

Citgo 2998 US Highway 17-92 Haines City

ABC Liquor 701 US Highway 17-92 Haines City

Publix 617 US Highway 17-92 Haines City

BP 95 US Highway 17-92 Haines City

Kangaroo Express 1013 Hinson Avenue Haines City

The following two stores were found NOT in compliance with Florida beverage law:

1.    Sun Health and Wellness 401 Hinson Avenue Haines City; Arrested was 24-year-old Arelie Frias DOB 06-17-1988, 302 South 22nd Street Haines City.

2.    Video Latino 1719 Hinson Avenue Haines City; Arrested was 34-year-old Martha Calderon DOB 07-04-1978, 1014 Geraldine Street Haines City. 

On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 39 stores in the Lake Wales, Frostproof, Bartow, Babson Park, Dundee, and Winter Haven areas were checked.  Of those, 37 were in compliance.

The stores in compliance were:

Central Citgo 19509 Highway 27 Lake Wales

Sunoco 4 Scenic Highway Lakes Wales

Sunoco First Choice 19300 Highway 27 South Lake Wales

Citgo 20500 Highway 27 Lake Wales

Gate 2950 Ridge Way Lake Wales, Fl.

Our Store 20500 Highway 27 Lake Wales.

RaceTrac 24224 Highway 27 Lake Wales

Saveway Food Mart 328 Highway 60 East Lake Wales

RaceTrac 1740 State Road 60 Lake Wales

Sunoco 1349 Highway 60 East Lake Wales

Wal-Mart 2000 State Road 60 East Lake Wales

Lake Wales Food Mart 3044 State Road 60 East Lake Wales

Jani Marathon 2531 State Road 60 East Lake Wales

Little Dixie 22 CR 630 West Frostproof

Harvey’s Sunoco 203 Scenic Highway South Frostproof

Little Dixie 917 South Scenic Highway Frostproof

Mini Mac 930 Alternate 27 Babson Park

Convenience Holding 28274 Highway 27 North Dundee.

7-Eleven 28200 Highway 27 Dundee

Circle K 7695 SR 60 East Bartow

Our Store 4660 US Highway 17 North Bartow

Quick Mart 5295 SR 60 Bartow

Our Store 1140 Van Fleet Highway Bartow

Sunoco 1385 North Broadway Avenue Bartow

Super Discount Store 1410 East Main Street Bartow

XYZ Liquor 295 US Highway 17 Bartow

Our Store 1405 US Highway 17 Bartow

Plaza Food Store 1995 Highway 17 South Bartow

RaceTrac 1690 North Broadway Avenue Bartow

Circle K 1020 North Broadway Bartow

Circle K 310 West Main Street Bartow

Store Eleven 1410 Highway 17 South Bartow

Bartow Sunoco 1900 West Main Street Bartow

Azan Petro Inc.1193 East Main Street Bartow

Sunrise Supermarket 3035 Thornhill Road Winter Haven

Citgo 3355 Spirit Lake Road Winter Haven

Circle K 4980 Spirit Lake Road Winter Haven

The following two stores were found NOT in compliance with Florida beverage law:

1.    Town Star 11 Highway 98 West Frostproof; Arrested was Peggy Sue Siefker, DOB 07/25/1957, 1323 Katie Lane, Frostproof.

2.    Crown Liquor 28059 Highway 27 Dundee; Arrested was 57-year-old Bhupeshchandra Patel, DOB 07/01/1955.