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DECOY USE BRINGS WARNINGS TO 12 STORES CHEEKTOWAGA CONTINUES CHECKING ON TOBACCO SALES

Cheektowaga police issued warnings to sales clerks in 12 stores last weekend for illegal sales of tobacco to youths under age 18, Lt. M. James Starr, head of the vice and tactical unit, said Tuesday.

The warnings were issued instead of appearance tickets so that as many businesses as possible could be checked, he said.

The warnings take less time than placing arrest charges.

A 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy were used in the sweep, in which a total of 30 stores were visited.

Clerks in 18 stores were found in compliance, refusing sale of tobacco without adequate identification by the customer.

Lt. Starr said the month-old enforcement campaign would continue, and arrests, not warnings, would be issued in the next round.

Store managers were notified of the warnings, Starr said.

Among the stores where clerks were found not to be complying with identification checks were three stores, Tops Market, 1235 French Road; CVS Pharmacy, 1231 French Road, and Cumberland Farms, 1199 French Road, where other clerks were charged with illegal tobacco sales Nov. 24.

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