Three Barstow Stores Cited for Selling Alcohol to a Minor Decoy

BARSTOW – Three Barstow Liquor stores were caught selling alcohol to a minor decoy minor last month during a Minor Decoy Program Operation on September 23rd.

During the operation, the Barstow Police Department worked in conjunction with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control, Riverside Office on the operation, which has proven to be an effective tool in reducing the sale of alcohol to minors. The individuals used for the Minor Decoy Program are all under the age of 20 and enter the place of business attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages at Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC)  licensed locations.

During the operation, 28 locations were visited and three of those, including Bills Liquor, located at 1234 West Main Street, Q-Mart, located at 600 Main Street, and Barstow Station Liquor, located at 1611 East Main Street sold an alcoholic beverage to the minor decoy.  Those who sold the alcohol to the decoy were issued a criminal citation for furnishing alcohol to a minor and the ABC will determine whether to file an administrative disciplinary action against the licensee.

Anyone with further information regarding this incident is asked to contact Officer Dante Caliboso at 760-256-2211.  People with information who wish to remain anonymous can contact We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME or at

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