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Riverhead man, 22, charged in alcohol sale sting

Christopher Keating
Photo: Riverhead Town Police

A Riverhead man was arrested after he sold an alcoholic beverage to a minor at the Mobil gas station on Route 58 yesterday, according to Riverhead Town Police.

Police said Christopher Keating, 22, a clerk at the Mobil station, sold alcohol to a person under the age of 21 during a N.Y. State Liquor Authority check conducted by a Riverhead Town Police COPE unit yesterday. Keating was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree, a class A misdemeanor and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, according to a police press release issued yesterday afternoon. Keating was processed and released on an appearance ticket, police said.

The following locations were also checked yesterday and found to be in compliance;

Sound Ave Grocery, 5085 Sound Avenue Riverhead
Meeting House Creek Deli, 543 Main Road, Aquebogue
Citgo, 1050 Osborn Avenue, Riverhead
Exxon, 4670 Middle Country Road, Calverton
Speedway Gas, 6305 Route 25A, Wading River
Atlantis Fresh Market, 626 W. Main Street, Riverhead
Mae’s Market, 161 Railroad Avenue Riverhead
Time to Eat, 123 W. Main Street, Riverhead
Stop and Go Mini Market, 55 W. Main Street, Riverhead
Riverhead Stationary, 407 E. Main Street, Riverhead
FA Grocery, 733 E. Main Street, Riverhead
M.G. Grocery, 733 E. Main Street, Riverhead
OK Petro, 1212 E. Main Street, Riverhead

These checks are part of an ongoing effort by the Riverhead Town Police Department to ensure New York State Liquor Authority and Penal Law compliance for the sale of alcohol to minors.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.