The following information was provided by the Westchester County Police. It does not indicate a conviction.
Last night, Westchester County Police arrested an employee of a Cortlandt business that has been cited on numerous occasions this year for selling alcohol to minors.
Jaswinder B. Singh, 22, of 9 Buttonwood Road, Cortlandt Manor, was arrested at 7:15 p.m. at the Getty Food Mart, 2225 Crompond Road. The business has received six summonses this year for selling alcoholic beverages to persons under age 21. It also has been the subject of numerous complaints to county police from residents and school officials in Cortlandt concerned about the sale of alcohol to teenagers.
On Wednesday night, Westchester County Police Officers Rob Kelly and Amy Brenner accompanied a female who is under 21 years old to the parking lot at the store. The female then went inside and purchased beer. She was never asked for proof of her age.
Singh, who sold the beer, was taken into custody by the two officers. He was transported to county police headquarters where he was booked on charges of Prohibited Sale of Alcohol to a Minor and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child. Both charges are misdemeanors.
Singh was released on his own recognizance and is due in Cortlandt Town Court on Oct. 14.
Westchester County Police regularly utilize underage persons to conduct Alcohol Compliance Checks at businesses that sell alcohol in Cortlandt. Generally, a field appearance ticket is issued to a store owner or employee charged with making an underage sale of alcohol. In this instance, because previous summonses have not had a deterrent effect at the Getty Food Mart, a decision was made to place the employee under arrest.
In addition, the county police plan to work with the District Attorney’s Office to seek the revocation of the store’s license to sell alcoholic beverages.