Crime

Two people accused of buying alcohol for underage decoy in San Luis Obispo

Two people were cited Wednesday after San Luis Obispo police conducted an underage decoy operation in conjunction with the state Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.

Police said a 19-year-old woman visited several stores licensed to sell alcohol and stood by the front door. She approached about 75 people, told them she was under 21 years old and asked if they would go into the business and buy alcohol for her with money she provided.

Police issued citations to two people on suspicion of furnishing alcohol to the woman. Police said one of them, a 19-year-old, had a fraudulent identification card that indicated he was over 21 years old; he was also cited for this violation.

They could face up to a $250 fine and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first offense.

Police said two additional people took money from the woman, entered the store, and then exited and returned the money without making a purchase.

The operation was funded by a state grant from the ABC and is one of several enforcement and educational events that will take place over the next fiscal year.

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