"Can I See Your I.D., Please?" That's all that clerks at the Dixie Quik Stop, 1001 E. Ridgecrest, and the Circle K at 421 N. Main, as well as Charles Cox, 41, of Tipton, had to ask the teenager who bought 3.2 beer from them. The teen, it turns out, was on the side of the law.
Two Altus police officers recently received training on alcohol laws from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, or CLEET, in Oklahoma City, said Police Chief Mike Patterson, with the goal of honing their skills to carry out programs such as Project 21, doing everything by the book.
The police worked with 15- to 16-year-old teens Thursday, making the rounds of 3.2 beer outlets in the city. "We tried to hit every store in town that was open, to try to be fair," Patterson said.
In similar projects in the past, Patterson said, storekeepers were arrested if they were caught up in the sting. Problem was, he said, it became a time-consuming chore to find someone with the keys to the store.
The two stores were cited for selling 3.2 beer to a minor. Cox was cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor.