News Story


Alcohol Decoy Sting Operation
5/5/2015 7:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Alcohol Decoy Sting Operation

Report Number:

15- 10163


Various retail locations in the Ojai Valley

Date & Time:

May 5th, 2015, 2 pm until 10 pm

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Police Department

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

City of Residence


(A) April Niglio




On May 5th, 2015, the Ojai Police Department conducted an alcohol sting, using underage minor decoys, in an attempt to purchase alcohol from various retail establishments in the Ojai Valley. The goal of this operation was to limit minors' access to alcohol and to confirm retail establishments are abiding by the Business and Professions Code and rules set forth by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. 


Two underage decoys were used in an attempt to purchase alcohol from 15 different locations. Cashiers at 14 locations asked for identification and turned the decoys away without selling any alcoholic beverages. One cashier failed to ask for identification and sold beer to both underage decoys.  The cashier was cited and released for furnishing alcohol to a minor.


The Ojai Police Department will continue to conduct periodic sting operations in an effort to prevent minors' access to alcohol.


High school graduation is about a month away. The police department would like to remind the public that 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:

Sgt. R. Harwood


News Release Date:

May 5th 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Will Hollowell (805) 947-8083


Approved by:

Captain Romano Bassi



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).