News Story


Ojai: One Arrested in Alcohol Shoulder Tap Operation
3/1/2015 12:01:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Alcohol 'Shoulder Tap Operation'

Report Number:



Various Retail  Locations ' Ojai Valley

Date & Time:

February 28, 2015 / 2 pm until /10 pm

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Police Department

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Party), (D)ecedent

City of Residence


1 adult male




On 2-28-2014, the Ojai Police Department 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.


Three underage decoys were used in an attempt to solicit others to purchase alcohol for them in different locations throughout the City of Ojai and the surrounding unincorporated areas. Approximately 33 subjects at four different locations were solicited during the operation. One adult male purchased alcohol for the minor decoys. The one male subject was arrested for BP 25658(a) / furnishing alcohol to a minor.   The Ojai Police Department wants to thank the other 32 subjects who refused to purchase alcohol for the minors. The Ojai Police Department will continue to conduct periodic operations in an effort to prevent minors' access to alcohol.


The Ojai 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 Ojai Police Department encourages the public to report incidents of underage drinking and illegal purchasing of alcohol.


Prepared by:

Sgt. R. Harwood


News Release Date:

February 28, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Will Hollowell (805) 947-8083


Approved by:

Captain Mark Franke


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).