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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 6/1/2012 

 Operation Pop Top Results 

On Thursday, May 31, 2012, Polk County Sheriff’s School Resource deputies, along with the assistance of a PCSO Explorer (Explorers are high school student volunteers), conducted “Operation Pop Top” in an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors. The operation was conducted in the Winter Haven area. 

Ten stores were checked, and all of them were found in compliance with Florida State Statutes.

The clerks at the following stores refused to sell alcohol to the minor:

CVS – 3005 State Road 540 W, Winter Haven

MVP Food Mart– 3006 State Road 540 West, Winter Haven

JK Food Citgo – 3355 Spirit Lake Rd, Winter Haven

Circle K – 4980 Spirit Lake Rd, Winter Haven

Publix Pix – 1108 Spirit Lake Rd, Winter Haven

7-Eleven – 4000 Recker Hwy, Winter Haven

Sunoco – 3317 Ave G NW, Winter Haven

Sunoco – 2727 K-Ville Ave, Winter Haven

Citgo – 2102 Thornhill Rd, Winter Haven

Sunrise Supermarket – 3035 Thornhill Rd, Winter Haven

"I'd like to commend the clerks at the above-listed stores for joining us in our efforts to combat the sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors. It doesn't take but a second to ask for ID, and then verify that the buyer is of legal age to purchase these items. Those we have arrested in the past for selling to minors, I'm sure regret the fact that they didn't take the time to double-check. We will continue to monitor all of the stores in Polk County until we have 100% compliance." - Sheriff Grady Judd