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Thousand Oaks Police Department Conducts Alcoholic Beverage ''Shoulder Tap'' Sting Operation - 1 Violation
9/29/2014 2:05:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Alcohol 'Shoulder Tap' Operation

Report Number:



Various Retail Locations - City of Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

 September 28, 2014 / 2-10 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department's Directed Enforcement Team

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) 3 adult males





On 9-28-2014, the Thousand Oaks Police Department's Directed Enforcement Team conducted an alcohol enforcement operation. Underage minor decoys were used, under the direct supervision of law enforcement officers, to solicit adults outside California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) licensed stores to purchase alcohol for the minors. The goal of this operation was to limit minors' access to alcohol.


Two underage decoys were used in an attempt to solicit others to purchase alcohol for them in different locations throughout the City of Thousand Oaks. Approximately 47 subjects at four locations were solicited during the operation. 1 adult male purchased alcohol for the minor decoys. The one male subject was arrested for BP 25658(a) / furnishing alcohol to a minor. 1 adult male was arrested for PC 484(a) / petty theft, after he agreed to buy the minor decoys alcohol, but instead he purchased cigarettes for himself and attempted to leave the scene with the remainder of the money. A third adult male was observed driving erratically, walking with an unsteady gait, and was heard speaking to the decoys with slurred speech. He was contacted and subsequently arrested for VC 23152(a) & (b) / DUI. The Thousand Oaks Police Department wants to thank the other 44 subjects who refused to purchase alcohol for the minors.


The Thousand Oaks Police Department's Directed Enforcement Team will continue to conduct periodic operations in an effort to prevent minors' access to alcohol.


The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind the public that selling alcohol to, or purchasing alcohol for, minors is illegal and that alcohol is a factor in many homicides, suicides, and other unintentional injuries which along with car crashes are the four leading causes of death in 15-20 year olds. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office wants to remind the public to report incidents of underage drinking and illegal purchasing of alcohol.


Prepared by:

Sergeant Glenn Axelrod #3114


Media Release Date:

September 28, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Glenn Axelrod  805-947-8097


Approved by:

Captain Jim Fryhoff



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).