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February 3, 2014

Excise cites 109 Speedway stores

Two Kokomo stores among those ticketed for selling alcohol on Christmas.

An anonymous tip that reported a Speedway convenience store was selling alcohol on Christmas Day prompted the Indiana State Excise Police to cite 109 stores statewide, including two in Kokomo.

Indiana law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages from 7 a.m. Dec. 25 until 3 a.m. Dec. 26.

An excise police officer recently cited the stores after a month-long investigation.

The penalties for selling alcohol on Christmas Day range from a $1,000 fine to a suspension or revocation of a permit to sell alcohol.

No information was available on the fine issued for the Kokomo stores.

The excise officer began her investigation Dec. 26, when she received an anonymous tip that the Speedway convenience store in South Bend had sold beer on Christmas Day. While the officer was at that store, a clerk who worked at a different Speedway on Christmas Day asked the officer if it was illegal to sell alcoholic beverages on Christmas Day, because she had also sold alcohol at her store.

In the end, a total of 109 stores were identified as having sold alcohol on Christmas Day, the excise police reported.

Indianapolis had the highest number of stores cited with 18. Kokomo had two stores cited, the Speedways at 930 S. Washington St. and 1641 E. Sycamore St.

Speedway's corporate office in Enon, Ohio, has cooperated throughout the investigation.

Anyone with information on unlawful alcohol or tobacco sales should contact the appropriate excise police district office at http://www.in.gov/atc/isep/2379.htm.

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