Two Columbia County convenience store clerks were cited for selling alcohol to a minor Thursday.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office sent an underage deputy into 10 businesses licensed to sell alcohol during regular compliance checks Thursday to ensure stores aren’t selling alcohol to minors, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Ronak Patel, the 23-year-old clerk at Lewiston Express, was cited for selling alcohol without proper identification. A 20-year-old deputy bought a Coors Light 12-pack at the Grovetown store located at 107 Lewiston Road, according to a sheriff’s office report.
The clerk of Sprint at 3701 Washington Road in Martinez also was cited. Yasheika Laquell Hawthorne, 25, sold a 12-pack of Bud Light to the undercover deputy, according to another report.
The businesses refusing to sell alcohol to the underage deputy were Circle K at 261 Fury’s Ferry Road in Martinez, Liquor and More at 3821 Washington Road in Martinez, Enmark at 221 Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez, Stuckey’s BP at 4099 Belair Road in Grovetown, Fuel Express at 440 S. Belair Road in Martinez, TPS at 499 Lewiston Road in Grovetown, and Pumpkin Center Store at 1313 Appling Harlem Highway in Harlem.