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Huntley store fined, suspended for selling alcohol to minor

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 12:43 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 12:48 p.m. CDT

HUNTLEY – The Huntley Food and Liquor store will be prohibited from selling alcohol for five days, starting Monday, after a clerk was caught selling beer to an undercover police agent last month.

The clerk sold an eight-pack of Miller Lite to the agent on Dec. 17 after reading a state ID that showed the agent as 18 years old. Under new owners, the store, located at 10729 Dundee Road, had its liquor license for only 18 days at the time of the sale.

The Huntley Liquor Commission recently issued the store a $400 fine and suspended its license for five consecutive days after the owners pleaded guilty. The punishment is typical for first-time offenders in Huntley.

Under old ownership, Huntley Food and Liquor in 2008 was fined $3,200 and had its liquor license suspended for 20 days after being charged with four counts of selling underage alcohol.

Huntley police notified the village's liquor license holders of a compliance check 60 days before the Dec. 17 undercover operation. Huntley Food and Liquor was the only business caught selling to the underaged agent.

The clerk, Raj Patel, of Hoffman Estates, was also charged on Dec. 17, with selling alcohol to a minor.

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