On Thursday, October 26, 2016, in an effort to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors, 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.”
“Operation Pop Top is an effective community awareness tool,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “When proprietors see that we will not tolerate the illegal sale of tobacco or alcohol to minors, it sets a precedent.”
Four stores in the Davenport area of the county were checked. Two of the stores were in compliance. Those stores were:
Circle K Food, 45489 US Highway 27 North, Davenport
Circle K, 101 Polo Park Boulevard East, Davenport
The two stores not in compliance were:
Hollywood Liquor Store, 114 Polo Park Boulevard East, Davenport
Loves Truck Stop, 45000 US Highway 27 North, Davenport
Hollywood Liquor Store clerk, 36-year-old Lewis Aristy of Ketner Street Davenport, was charged with Selling Alcohol to Minor.
Loves Truck Stop clerk, 19-year-old Breana Edwards of Thomas Drive, Winter Haven, was charged with Selling Alcohol to Minor.
“I commend the businesses and store clerks for complying with the Florida State Statute. We will continue to combat the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors and arrest those who violate the law," Sheriff Judd