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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 1/21/2014 

 Operation Pop Top 

In an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors, on Friday, January 17, 2014, and Monday, January 20, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s Office School Resource deputies, along with the help of Polk County Sheriff’s Office Explorers, checked 27 area business in the Winter Haven, Auburndale, and Dundee areas of the county. 

The following stores were in compliance with the Florida Statute:

1.    Deli's Go Shop: 90 Coleman Road, Winter Haven

2.    Superway: 2590 Recker Highway Winter Haven

3.    7-11: 400 Recker Highway, Winter Haven

4.    Cash Mart: 1290 34th Street N.W. Winter Haven

5.    34th St. Super Market: 1915 34th Street, Winter Haven

6.    B.P.: 2600 Havendale Boulevard, Winter Haven

7.    SUNOCO: 499 Havendale Boulevard, Auburndale

8.    A-1 Discount Beverage: 1420 Berkley Road, Auburndale

9.    B.P.: 1114 Berkley Road, Auburndale

10.  Circle K: 1000 Highway 92, Auburndale

11.  Racetrac: 2227 Highway 92, Auburndale

12.  BP Food Shop: 795 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven

13.  CVS: 970 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven

14.  Circle K: 5600 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven

15.  Dollar General: 5680 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven

16.  7 Days: 3071 Cypress Gardens Road, Winter Haven

17.  Quick Stop:  3562 Cypress Gardens Road, Winter Haven

18.  Citgo: 4850 Cypress Gardens Rd, Winter Haven

19.  7-11: 7011 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven

20.  CVS:  7009 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven

21.  Shell: 28274 U.S. Highway 27, Dundee

22.  7-11: 28200 U.S. Highway 27, Dundee

23.  Dollar General: 6003 Dundee Road, Winter Haven

24.  Chevron: 3235 Dundee Road, Winter Haven

25.  Walgreen’s: 5545 Cypress Gardens Road, Winter Haven

26.  7-11: 101 U.S. Highway 17, Winter Haven 

Kirtikumar Taikamlal Joshi  DOB 2/16/1970, 4900 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven was the clerk at the Sunoco at 3317 Avenue G, N.W., Winter Haven.  Joshi sold alcohol to the PCSO Explorer, and as a result was arrested and charged with Sale of Alcoholic Beverage to a Person under 21.   

Joshi was booked into the Polk County jail – he has since bonded out. 

“Our deputies and Explorers conduct Operation Pop Top on a routine basis.  I commend the businesses and conscientious store clerks of those locations for complying with the law,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.  “We will continue to visit businesses across Polk County and for those who do not comply, make no mistake, we will arrest you for selling alcohol and tobacco to a minor.”