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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

PIO 
News Date: 12/21/2007 

 "Operation Pop Top" Checks 21 Stores and FInds  


On December 20, 2007, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies worked with Polk Sheriff’s Explorers, who are
volunteer high school students, and the Mulberry Police Department, to identify stores in the Mulberry
and Bartow areas of Polk County that sell alcohol to minors (also known as “Operation Pop Top”).
Together they were successful in identifying 19 stores that did not sell alcohol to minors, and 2 stores
that did.

Clerks at the following stores refused to sell alcohol to the minors:

US 17 Food Mart, located at 3468 US Hwy 17 in Bartow
Circle K, located at 1020 SR 60 in Bartow
Chevron, located at 1900 West Main Street in Bartow
Shell Station, located at 104 North Church Street in Mulberry
Marathon gas station, located at 506 West Canal Street in Mulberry
Mulberry Discount Beverage, located at 806 North Church Street in Mulberry
Citgo gas station, located at 1285 North Church Street in Mulberry
First Stop Food & Beverage, located at 1125 Shepherd Road in Lakeland
BP gas station, located at 1717 Shepherd Road in Lakeland
Citgo gas station, located 1790 Shepherd Road in Lakeland
Beverage Castle, located at 1825 Shepherd Road in Lakeland
Get n Go, located at 2805 Shepherd Road in Lakeland
Bailey Food Mart, located at 2035 Bailey Road in Mulberry
El Rancho, located at 4026 SR 60 West in Mulberry
BP gas station, located at 4075 SR 60 West in Mulberry
Sunoco, located at 4285 SR 60 West in Mulberry
Hess Mart, located at 4785 SR 60 West in Mulberry
Prima’s Store, located at 6980 SR 60 West in Mulberry
Prima’s Supermarket, located at 6985 SR 60 West in Mulberry


The following individuals were issued notices to appear for selling alcohol to minors:


Tomy Pereira, DOB 9/28/58. Pereira works at the Best Value Food Store located at 607 East Canal Street in
Mulberry.


Vijay Kantilal, DOB 12/10/62, of 181 West Minister Court in Lakeland. Kantilal works at the BP gas station
located at 905 West Canal Street in Mulberry.


According to Florida State Statute 542.11(1)(a) selling alcohol to a minor is a 2nd degree misdemeanor.