More Clerks Busted for Selling Cigs to Minors
Joliet police, using underage volunteers, test clerks to see if they will break the law and sell tobacco products to teens.
Joliet police conducted a cigarette enforcement check Tuesday -- the second in four days -- and charged 10 more clerks with selling tobacco to minors, report show.
Per state law, the police have to check every business with tobacco products once a year to ensure they're not selling cigarettes to underage smokers. There are more than 130 businesses in Joliet that sell tobacco-related items.
The enforcement involves sending a minor into a store to see if the clerk will sell him cigarettes. The first was conducted Friday and 10 clerks were cited for breaking the law.
The same number were issued compliance tickets Tuesday. Here are the names of those who were cited and the stores for whom they work:
- Donna M. Ferris, 52, 218 Channahon St., Shorewood; Burning Leaf Cigars, 2319 Route 59.
- Bhagwanbhal Patel, 42, 318 N. Larkin Ave., Joliet; BP, 1987 W. Jefferson.
- Gene Qerimi, 18, 2013 Douglas, Joliet; Mobil, 1805 W. Jefferson.
- Mohammad Tommalien, 55, 7017 W. Crandall, Worth; City Convenient Mart, 1102 Houbolt Road.
- Scott C. Ambrose, 22, 4810 Frank Drive, Joliet; Walgreens, 1514 Essington Road.
- Jonathan Aguilar, 21, 1308 Vintage Drive, Joliet; Black Road Food and Liquor, 2787 Black Road.
- William M. Kiley, 64, 18530 W. 3000 N Road, Reddick; Sugar Creek Liquors, 1200 Richards.
- Nora S. Toth, 43, 3723 Bergstrom St., Joliet; 1225 Richards.
- Cheryl A. Koscinski, 40, 827 W. Jefferson, Joliet; 935 W. Jefferson.
- Sarinder S. Kanda, 38, 72 S. Westmore, Lombard; Marathon, 324 S. Larkin Ave.