News Story


Camarillo - Alcohol Decoy Sting Operation
5/16/2014 10:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Alcohol Decoy Sting Operation

Report Number:



Various Retail Locations - City of Camarillo

Date & Time:

May 16, 2014

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Police Department's  Community Resource Unit

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

City of Residence


(S) Cassidy, Arthur








On May 16, 2014, the Camarillo Police Department's Community Resource Unit and the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) conducted an alcohol sting, using underage minor decoys, in an attempt to purchase alcohol from various retail establishments in the City of Camarillo. The goal of this operation was to limit minors' access to alcohol and 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 10 locations throughout the City of Camarillo. Cashiers at nine locations asked for identification and turned the decoys away without selling any alcoholic beverages. A cashier at one location sold to the underage decoy and either failed to ask for identification or looked at the identification and sold anyway.


The Camarillo Community Resource Unit will continue to conduct periodic sting operations in an effort to prevent minors' access to alcohol.


High School Senior Prom is just around the corner and high school graduation is less than 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:

Sergeant John Franchi #2549


Media Release Date:

May 16, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant John Franchi (805) 388-5135


Approved by:

Captain Eric Dowd



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).