C L Police Find Jewel-Osco & Holiday Inn Selling Tobacco to Underage Kids

Thirty-seven cigarette sellers in Crystal Lake passed the test, but two prominent ones didn’t.

Jewel-Osco and the gift shop in the Holiday Inn did a “no-no.” They sold to underage volunteers sent in by the Crystal Lake Police Department to test compliance with state law.

The two clerks will not go to criminal court. Instead they will be called in front of Crystal Lake’s administrative court, a device to keep court costs and fines that would otherwise go to county government within city coffers.

The police department’s press release follows:

Crystal Lake Police Conduct Tobacco Sales Compliance Check
On May 25, 2010, the Crystal Lake Police Department conducted
final round in a series of tobacco sales compliance checks. Of the 39 establishments licensed to sell tobacco products in the city, only two businesses failed the compliance check by selling tobacco to the underage volunteer. Arrested were:

  • Irena Spanier, 56, 421 Silverstone Drive, Carpentersville, IL, was charged with Unlawful Sale of Tobacco Products to a Person Under the Age of 18, after she sold cigarettes to a volunteer at the Embassy Gifts (Holiday Inn), 800 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake.
  • Robin Walters, 18, 1491 Blue Heron Drive, Crystal Lake, IL, was charged with Unlawful Sale of Tobacco Products to a Person Under the Age of 18, after she sold cigarettes to a volunteer at the Jewel Osco, 6140 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL.

Both are scheduled to appear before the City of Crystal Lake Administrative Law Judge for a hearing on July 9, 2010.


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