Members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT) recently conducted an investigation targeting the sale of alcohol to minors. Attempts to purchase alcohol were conducted at numerous businesses. The investigation resulted in two sells.


The Shady Rest located at 4340 SE 26 Street and the Texaco Gas Station, 4993 Highway 441 South each sold to a minor. The clerk at each store was issued a notice to appear for Sell of Alcoholic Beverage to a Person under the Age of 21. All other stores in Okeechobee that were checked were in compliance.


Undersheriff Noel Stephen stated, “These Deputies were pulled from their regular shifts to address our high crime areas and specific crimes such as these stores who are selling alcohol to our children. We are very proud of their hard work and accomplishments thus far. We will remain vigilant at addressing the many threats to our communities and our children. We will continue these efforts as a wise man taught me some time ago "We cannot expect what we do not inspect."

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