PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police in Portland conducted alcohol sales compliance checks over the weekend -- and more than one in four of the businesses checked allegedly sold alcohol to minors.
The checks were done between October 25-27 at 80 businesses that sell alcohol. Portland Police and the 21 Reasons coalition enlisted underage volunteers who attempted to purchase alcohol using unaltered IDs.
Police say 27 percent of the businesses failed.
Portland Police Commander Gary Rogers said he attributes the increase in non-compliance to several factors including inadequate training of staff and lack of clear policies on alcohol sales from management.
"But it also comes down to these establishments believing they will be caught if they sell alcohol to a minor," said Rogers.
Businesses that failed the compliance check include:
- North Gate Mobil, 1397 Washington Ave.
- Amato's, 71 India St.
- West End Deli, 133 Spring St.
- 3-D Variety, 885 Brighton Ave.
- Energy North, 1199 Congress St.
- Mellen St Market, 79 Mellen St.
- City Beverage, 1 Exchange St.
- Bruno's, 33 Allen Ave.
- Maine Smoke Shop, 804 Washington Ave.
- Vespucci's, 211 Danforth St.
- CVS, 111 Auburn St.
- 7-11, 27 Washington Ave.
- 7-11, 170 Brighton Ave.
- Moran's Market, 1576 Forest Ave.
- On the Run, 1196 Congress St.
- Sangillo's Tavern, 18 Hampshire St.
- Amato's, 312 St John St.
- Parker's, 1349 Washington Ave.
- Quality Shop, 473 Stevens Ave.
- Tortilla Flat, 1871 Forest Ave.
- Hannaford, 295 Forest Ave.
- Anania's, 606 Washington Ave.