APD/ABC Shoulder Tap Operation Nets Six

James Burke of Galt, Calif. is taken into custody by APD Officer Richard Bergstresser after allegedly purchasing alcohol for a minor and being in possession of a cell phone charger stolen from CVS Pharmacy. Burke had a warrant out for is arrest after violating supervised parole. According to APD, his parole stemmed from a prior conviction for possession of stolen property. KLH | Eye

James Burke of Galt, Calif. is taken into custody by APD Officer Richard Bergstresser after allegedly purchasing alcohol for a minor and being in possession of a cell phone charger stolen from CVS Pharmacy. Burke had a warrant out for is arrest after violating supervised parole. According to APD, his parole stemmed from a prior conviction for possession of stolen property. KLH | Eye

City of Arcata

PRESS RELEASE

SHOULDER TAP OPERATION IN ARCATA

The Arcata Police Department arrested 6 adults for furnishing alcohol to minors on Friday, March 15.  The actions were the result of a statewide Shoulder Tap Operation.

The Shoulder Tap Operation targeted adults who purchased alcohol for people under 21 years of age. The program involves a minor, under the supervision of a peace officer, outside a liquor or convenience store asking patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and is unable to purchase the alcohol. If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, officers then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

The following subjects were arrested and cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor:

  • • Zachariah Smithers, 33, of McKinleyville
  • • Jon Jimenez, 23, Cardiff
  • • Ludwig Dannhausen, 62, of San Diego
  • • Jonathan Smart, 34, of Willow Creek
  • • James Burke, 40, of Galt (additionally arrested on a warrant, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property)
  • • Travis Russell, 30, of Arcata

The Arcata Police Department is conducting the compliance checks to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population.

Minor Decoy operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980s. When the program first began, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40 to 50 percent. When conducted on a routine basis, the rate has dropped in some cities as low as 10 percent or even below. In 1994, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that use of underage decoys is a valid tool of law enforcement to ensure that licensees are complying with the law.

This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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  1. Mark Sailors said:

    I know its theft, but leaving with the money is a lesson to the youth…unless its a cop…or informant.

  2. Mark Sailors said:

    I know its theft, but leaving with the money is a lesson to the youth…unless its a cop…or informant.

  3. Mark Sailors said:

    I know its theft, but leaving with the money is a lesson to the youth…unless its a cop…or informant.

  4. Mark Sailors said:

    I know its theft, but leaving with the money is a lesson to the youth…unless its a cop…or informant.

  5. Mark Sailors said:

    I know its theft, but leaving with the money is a lesson to the youth…unless its a cop…or informant.

  6. Mark Sailors said:

    I know its theft, but leaving with the money is a lesson to the youth…unless its a cop…or informant.

  7. Mark Sailors said:

    I know its theft, but leaving with the money is a lesson to the youth…unless its a cop…or informant.

  8. Mark Sailors said:

    I know its theft, but leaving with the money is a lesson to the youth…unless its a cop…or informant.

  9. Kevin Hoover said:

    After they come out of the store and hand the alcohol to the kid. Or if they abscond with the money the kid gives them.

  10. Kevin Hoover said:

    After they come out of the store and hand the alcohol to the kid. Or if they abscond with the money the kid gives them.

  11. Kevin Hoover said:

    After they come out of the store and hand the alcohol to the kid. Or if they abscond with the money the kid gives them.

  12. Kevin Hoover said:

    After they come out of the store and hand the alcohol to the kid. Or if they abscond with the money the kid gives them.

  13. Kevin Hoover said:

    After they come out of the store and hand the alcohol to the kid. Or if they abscond with the money the kid gives them.

  14. Kevin Hoover said:

    After they come out of the store and hand the alcohol to the kid. Or if they abscond with the money the kid gives them.

  15. Kevin Hoover said:

    After they come out of the store and hand the alcohol to the kid. Or if they abscond with the money the kid gives them.

  16. Kevin Hoover said:

    After they come out of the store and hand the alcohol to the kid. Or if they abscond with the money the kid gives them.

  17. Erin McAlonan said:

    Andrew I know what you mean. I have in the past been asked, didn't really agree to buy anything for the kid. But I went in and told the manager who then called the police on the kid.

  18. Erin McAlonan said:

    Andrew I know what you mean. I have in the past been asked, didn't really agree to buy anything for the kid. But I went in and told the manager who then called the police on the kid.

  19. Erin McAlonan said:

    Andrew I know what you mean. I have in the past been asked, didn't really agree to buy anything for the kid. But I went in and told the manager who then called the police on the kid.

  20. Erin McAlonan said:

    Andrew I know what you mean. I have in the past been asked, didn't really agree to buy anything for the kid. But I went in and told the manager who then called the police on the kid.

  21. Erin McAlonan said:

    Andrew I know what you mean. I have in the past been asked, didn't really agree to buy anything for the kid. But I went in and told the manager who then called the police on the kid.

  22. Erin McAlonan said:

    Andrew I know what you mean. I have in the past been asked, didn't really agree to buy anything for the kid. But I went in and told the manager who then called the police on the kid.

  23. Erin McAlonan said:

    Andrew I know what you mean. I have in the past been asked, didn't really agree to buy anything for the kid. But I went in and told the manager who then called the police on the kid.

  24. Erin McAlonan said:

    Andrew I know what you mean. I have in the past been asked, didn't really agree to buy anything for the kid. But I went in and told the manager who then called the police on the kid.

  25. Andrew C. Jones said:

    Is APD arresting the adult when they agree to buy alcohol for a minor (as the PR says) or when the alcohol is furnished to the minor (which is what the Shoulder Tap website states): Any person seen furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy is arrested (either cited or booked) for furnishing alcohol to a minor (a violation of Section 25658(a) Business and Professions Code). http://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/shoulder_tap.html

  26. Andrew C. Jones said:

    Is APD arresting the adult when they agree to buy alcohol for a minor (as the PR says) or when the alcohol is furnished to the minor (which is what the Shoulder Tap website states): Any person seen furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy is arrested (either cited or booked) for furnishing alcohol to a minor (a violation of Section 25658(a) Business and Professions Code). http://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/shoulder_tap.html

  27. Andrew C. Jones said:

    Is APD arresting the adult when they agree to buy alcohol for a minor (as the PR says) or when the alcohol is furnished to the minor (which is what the Shoulder Tap website states): Any person seen furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy is arrested (either cited or booked) for furnishing alcohol to a minor (a violation of Section 25658(a) Business and Professions Code). http://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/shoulder_tap.html

  28. Andrew C. Jones said:

    Is APD arresting the adult when they agree to buy alcohol for a minor (as the PR says) or when the alcohol is furnished to the minor (which is what the Shoulder Tap website states): Any person seen furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy is arrested (either cited or booked) for furnishing alcohol to a minor (a violation of Section 25658(a) Business and Professions Code). http://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/shoulder_tap.html

  29. Andrew C. Jones said:

    Is APD arresting the adult when they agree to buy alcohol for a minor (as the PR says) or when the alcohol is furnished to the minor (which is what the Shoulder Tap website states): Any person seen furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy is arrested (either cited or booked) for furnishing alcohol to a minor (a violation of Section 25658(a) Business and Professions Code). http://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/shoulder_tap.html

  30. Andrew C. Jones said:

    Is APD arresting the adult when they agree to buy alcohol for a minor (as the PR says) or when the alcohol is furnished to the minor (which is what the Shoulder Tap website states): Any person seen furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy is arrested (either cited or booked) for furnishing alcohol to a minor (a violation of Section 25658(a) Business and Professions Code). http://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/shoulder_tap.html

  31. Andrew C. Jones said:

    Is APD arresting the adult when they agree to buy alcohol for a minor (as the PR says) or when the alcohol is furnished to the minor (which is what the Shoulder Tap website states): Any person seen furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy is arrested (either cited or booked) for furnishing alcohol to a minor (a violation of Section 25658(a) Business and Professions Code). http://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/shoulder_tap.html

  32. Andrew C. Jones said:

    Is APD arresting the adult when they agree to buy alcohol for a minor (as the PR says) or when the alcohol is furnished to the minor (which is what the Shoulder Tap website states): Any person seen furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy is arrested (either cited or booked) for furnishing alcohol to a minor (a violation of Section 25658(a) Business and Professions Code). http://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/shoulder_tap.html

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