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Student Used Fake ID to Buy $292 Worth of Booze: Police

Lower Saucon Township Police say Lehigh University student Garren Fritts, 20, used a counterfeit ID to buy $292 worth of alcohol at the Creekside Marketplace Wine & Spirits Store.

Several Lehigh University students were arrested Feb. 16, after Lower Saucon Township Police say an officer observed their vehicle parked in front of a stop sign, where it was reportedly "causing a major traffic hazard" outside the PA Wine & Spirits Store in the Creekside Marketplace shopping center on Route 412.

In a news release, police said the three men were observed to have "a youthful appearance," and one was found to have purchased "a large quantity of product from the Wine & Spirit store."

Police said that man was subsequently identified as Garren Fritts, 20, and according to police it was determined that he had purchased $292 worth of alcohol using a counterfeit ID "with clear intent to distribute it to others."

Fritts was charged with Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, Purchase/Possession of Alcohol by a Minor, Misrepresenting Age to Secure Alcohol, and Carrying a False ID card, police said.

Student Alexandre Courouble, 21, was also found to have purchased a keg of Natural Lite beer, and police said he had the intent to distribute it to both Fritts and Angel N. Santamarina, 18, who police reported was the driver of the vehicle.

Courouble was charged with Furnishing Alcohol to Minors and Santamarina was charged with Possession of Alcohol by a Minor, police said.

Rich Cranium February 27, 2013 at 02:51 PM
But wait a minute?!? I thought that under-age people are intimidated by the fact that it is the "state store" and wouldn't take the chance to buy alcohol there?!? I thought that the people who work at the state stores have no incentive to sell alcohol to minors and therefore would stop every minor who tries to buy alcohol? I thought that they were trained to spot fake ID's and would always catch those buying with a fake ID? I thought that this couldn't happen in PA!?!
John Fox February 27, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Interesting point, that I noticed from the article the one with the fake ID went to the state store, and the one who is 21 went to the private sector beer distributor. Maybe they knew where it would be easier to get away with the fake ID. Here is the worst part, if this comes back to those who sold the alcohol, the beer distributor will have to pay out of pocket for legal defenses, but the liquor store employee has the power of the state and the union behind him. Tell me, who really is the one with no incentive to sell to an underage person?
Bob Linney February 28, 2013 at 09:26 AM
The obvious question is why didn't the 21 year-old buy all of the alcohol.
Albert Brooks March 15, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I wonder if the ID said McLovin? So much for the PLCB doing a better job. If the store has cameras they know who sold it, if they found a receipt they know who sold it. How much do you want to bet nothing happens to the clerk or manager.

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