Howard County police issued citations to two liquor store clerks for selling beer to a 19-year-old Howard County police cadet during countywide liquor inspections of eight businesses Thursday, police said.
Police gave Patricia Irene Chamberlain, 38, of Elkridge, and Jung Churl Kim, 43, of Baltimore, citations after the alcohol purchase by the underage cadet in plainclothes.
Ms. Chamberlain is a clerk at Dougal's Korner in the 6600 block of Washington Blvd., and Ms. Kim is a clerk at Mel's Liquors in the 7900 block of Route 175 in Jessup.
The penalty for selling alcohol to a person under age 21 is a fine of up to $1,000 and up to two years in jail.
The unannounced inspections of licensed businesses occurred between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday.
Typically, the cadet enters a store and tries to buy a six-pack of beer at the front counter, police said. A liquor inspector lingers nearby to witness the sale.
If the cadet is allowed to purchase alcohol without being asked to provide proper identification, the clerk is charged in a criminal citation.
The owners of the liquor stores must appear before the county liquor board and could have their licenses suspended, police said.
Police said the businesses that refused to sell alcohol to the cadet during Thursday inspections were the Spirit Shop and Jason's Liquors, both in Ellicott City; Hickory Ridge Bottle Shop and Ridings Village Liquors, both in Columbia; Star Liquors in Jessup; and Scooters in Elkridge.