November 23, 2014

Elyria
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Clerks cited for underage sales

ELYRIA — An employee at L&B Market was arrested and charged with underage sale to a minor during compliance checks Thursday.

Police used a confidential informant, who entered the business around 5:30 p.m. and bought a 24-ounce can of beer. The informant told the Elyria Police Neighborhood Impact Unit and Ohio Investigative Unit officers that Mohammad Abdeldayem sold him the beer.

Police spoke with Abdeldayem, who said he sold beer to the informant, and he checked the ID, but he did not look at the birthdate.

According to a police report, officers asked for Abdeldayem’s identification, and he provided a New York State ID that “vaguely resembled Abdeldayem.”

Abdeldayem could not provide officers with the last four digits of his Social Security number, and when officers asked how old he was, “Abdeldayem paused and stated, ‘34.’ When asked his birth date he advised, ‘6-16-1979,’ which put Abdeldayem at 33 years old.”

Abdeldayem was arrested and taken to Lorain County Jail on the underage sale charge. The Ohio Investigative Unit also issued an administrative violation to the store.

Earlier Thursday, police cited Jerome Watkins, 41, a clerk at Marathon on West River Road North and Paul Andrusyszyn, 50, a clerk at C Market on Lake Avenue for underage sales to a minor.

Watkins apologized to police, and he said he wasn’t paying attention to the IDs and would make sure he did in the future.

Both men were issued a copy of their citations and advised of their court dates.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.