3 Wareham liquor stores cited for selling to minors

Jul 27, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department Alcohol obtained in a sting operation carried out by Wareham Police on Thursday, July 26.

Three liquor store clerks will face criminal charges following a sting operation carried out by Wareham Police Department detectives on Thursday, July 26.

The sting comes as a result of the department's efforts to crack down on liquor sales to minors this summer. The clerks in question were caught by detectives after they allegedly sold alcohol to an undercover operative who was underaged.

At the direction of Acting Police Chief John Walcek, the clerks will face criminal charges as well as an appearance in court. The stores themselves will be dealt with administratively.

“Our department made it clear that there would be zero tolerance for violations of law with regard to the sale of liquor to minors,” Walcek said. “We are going to step up our compliance checks with these businesses, ensuring strict adherence to the law. If you are a minor and think you can buy alcohol in Wareham, those days are over."

Walcek added that those who provide alcohol to minors should be prepared to face the consequences in court. Detectives are seeking criminal complaints for the following individuals who were caught selling alcohol to minors:

  • Rakesh Patel, 55, of Kingston – Anchor Liquors, 2369 Cranberry Highway
  • Adelaide Deponte, 68, of Mansfield – Jug Shop, 221 Main St.
  • Michael Domingos, 58, of Wareham – Sullivan’s Wine and Spirit, 260 Marion Road

Information received will be sent to the town for possible administrative sanctions.

Comments (17)
Posted by: Andrea Smith | Jul 27, 2018 11:51

So happy to see the stand against sale of alcohol to minors resulting not only in a fine to the store, but now also thrusting the sobering consequence of  an appearance in criminal court upon those who sell the liquor to minors.


Another very positive step by the police chief.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 27, 2018 20:10

Great things continue to happen with Chief Walcek at the helm!  Keep up the great work!


Anchor Liquors...no surprise.  I knew a guy who wasn't quite 21 that never got a second look buying there.  Him and all his not quite 21 year old friends were grateful that they never checked his ID there.  It didn't make  it right, but this was back in the early 1990s when not quite 21 year olds weren't as stupid as today's not quite 21 year olds.  The statute of limitations allows me to share this nearly 3 decade old memory.  I didn't know him too well...I'd never consider doing such a thing myself.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Jul 28, 2018 06:01

They know this is coming we do it a couple times a year but especially in the summer season. I hope the Board shuts them down for the maximum allowed, and not put it off until October. If they are closed for a week in the summer that probably wont teach them a lesson. But folks visiting can always find another. And the sign on the door should say "CLOSED BECAUSE WE SOLD LIQUOR TO MINORS" If I saw that sign I would change where I get my liquor for all future purposes. They are lucky these kids did not get away, drink, drive and kill somebody. This is serious. And I am betting the BOS qill deal with them to the full extent. And if repeat offenders they should just take the license back.

Posted by: desertsky | Jul 28, 2018 08:26

Accountability!! What a novel idea...good for you Chief Walcek..amazing how things are getting cleaned up around town these days. Keep up the good and diligent work! The new high profile of the WPD is quite impressive and long overdue.

Posted by: bruce gannon | Jul 28, 2018 15:24

it's also illegal for a person to falsify their age for the purpose of procuring alcoholic beverages. if the store does their due diligence and confiscates the fake ID will the police prosecute? stings are great press but the liquor stores aren't always the bad guys

Posted by: Curiouscat | Jul 28, 2018 15:48

Bruce, I agree.  What these liquor store owners did was wrong and yes they should be held accountable but let's not put them out of business over this.  We all make mistakes and learn from our mistakes.  I'm sure this was a huge wake up call.  Steve, I don't think these kids would have driven drunk as they were working under the direction of the PD.  I'm sure they turned in their purchases and weren't out having a good time.  These three people will probably be treated more harshly than all the mug shot people we've been viewing all week.

Posted by: Bluebell3333 | Jul 29, 2018 05:59

Instead of always nailing the stores and the minimum wage employees why don't they put cops in the stores from time to time posing as employees then bust the kids buying.

It's a program called cops in shops and worked very well at a shop I worked in several years ago.

Posted by: WWareham resident | Jul 29, 2018 08:18

I honestly don't agree with criminal charges on these clerks but fines and close the store down for a month will make the owners of these package stores wake up.... I don't understand how anyone who works in a liquor store could not card people who look under 30 just to be sure. Damn, I mentioned this on another story about underage kids buying alcohol but I got carded at Shaws when buying cooking wine and I'm not young, over 50 so I have no compassion for the clerks who were lazy, complicent or whatever but I don't think they should go to jail. Our jails are overcrowded as it is. Community service  supervised of course  is my suggestion.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Jul 29, 2018 12:13

wwarehamresident - you say you "don't understand how  anyonewho works in a liquor store could not card people who look under 30 just to be sure." Maybe they haven't been carding people because as clerk's they haven't thought of the ramifications of selling to minors as having a direct impact upon them personally.


Or maybe the financial benefit of selling liquor to minors 52 weeks a year, far outweighs the risk of a fine or loss of a few weeks of store income for selling to minors.

Posted by: WWareham resident | Jul 29, 2018 13:21

Andrea, that's a bit of a stretch even saying maybe financial benefits outweigh the risk of fines or loss of a few weeks revenue.. Do you really believe that? I've got a bridge to sell you if you do.

Posted by: WWareham resident | Jul 29, 2018 13:27

Also, I'm not sure about Sullivans but I'm willing to bet that both "clerks" at Anchor Liquors and Jug Shop are actually the owners not just minimum wage workers.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Jul 29, 2018 22:35

wwarehamresident - I'm sorry somebody stuck you with a bridge, but I'm not buying it, and apparently wwreader, to whom you offered the bridge on July 27, isn't buying it either. Better luck with the next person you offer it to.


And yes I do believe in the word-of-mouth advertising power of happy teenage customers.



Posted by: Steve Holmes | Jul 30, 2018 07:49

The first rule in all liquor sales is check the ID. That's the business they chose. So they are responsible to check ID cards. Sure these kids were with the police. But I was referring to the other kids they sold liquor to, and they could get in a car and drive. I am 58 years old, and unfortunately look 62 LOL. Here we get carded even when we are out for dinner. NO EXCEPTIONS. A few weeks ago I went by Shenanigans to have some clams, they have a great chef there, we came through the front door, and no one was there, so we sat at the bar and ordered dinner, and a beverage. We had to show our ID's. My friend was also 58, and he looks 65, (hope he doesn't read this). Shenanigans has a system, where you show your ID and it is verified through the ID System, so it will also catch fake ID's. It's a great system, and I am in favor of using it in our liquor stores, but if the owners are not going to use it, then it was a waste of money. Nobody is trying to hurt business, but if they break the law they have to pay the price, and if they don't want to follow the liquor laws then find another business. And I believe you will find when the hearing comes before the BOS that this is not the first offense for some of these stores. I might be interested in the bridge, but only if its, 76253 ft. long.

Posted by: WWareham resident | Jul 30, 2018 13:31

Andrea, I've sold that bridge more times than I can remember and I have to say that you are delusional if you think selling a few 30 packs to teenagers outweighs the loss of business by being shut down for 2 weeks  3 weeks or a month. I don't know where you got your business degree from, must have been Wareham, if you really think shutting down the offenders isn't a deterent.

Think about it before trying to be funny because you failed at that too.


Posted by: Andrea Smith | Jul 30, 2018 14:41

wwarehamresident - I get it. If I disagree with you, you'll declare me delusional, attack my level of education, and suggest that I am a product of the Wareham School System.

Posted by: SwiftsBeachbum | Jul 30, 2018 14:55

So can anybody tell me what happened to the Onset trash market? They were usually pretty good about checking IDs my boy lineus is he was a good guy

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 30, 2018 15:20

I can support Andrea's thought process.  I can attest to the fact that underage drinkers have a huge word-of-mouth advertising thing on the packys that don't check IDs.  Establishing a source is the goal of most college aged kids...believe it or not!  My above comment is a true story about Anchor Liquors.  That was a long time ago but it looks like things haven't changed. Anchor didn't check IDs then and they obviously still aren't checking them now. That's 25+ years of selling to thirsty college aged kids.  That's a lot more than a few 30 packs!  Substantial packy runs are done once they establish a packy that doesn't card.  Once the underaged buyer becomes a familiar face in the store, they're home free!  They take orders and supply all their friends.  They become the "buyer".  It's a rather prestigious and powerful position to hold.  I recall summer beach & woods parties around here that were all 18-20 year olds at which all the beverage came from Anchor.  I remember Purple Passion in the 2 liter bottle was extra popular back then! It was easy to transport.  This was 1990 something so I don't feel badly spilling this info.  During the school year, I recall road trips back to Anchor every weekend to feed the dorm parties.  Thousands of 1990s dollars were spent there just in the small circle that I knew.   Anchor never let anyone down.  Again, this was 1990 something so I don't feel badly spilling this info.  It won't hold up in court...:)


I can't be the only one on here that has experienced anything like this?  Makes me feel like I was some kind of hooligan back in the day.  Ain't that a twist!  Payback's a b***h because my kids will be that age someday!

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