Police said Kelly Dueffert, left, and Shana Boeckmann were charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree.
Photos: Riverhead Town Police handout

Employees at two Riverhead restaurants were arrested this weekend during an investigation by Riverhead Police into compliance with state liquor laws.

Police said Shana Boeckmann, an employee at Perabell, 65 East Main St. and Kelly Dueffert, an employee at TGI Friday’s, 1480 Old Country Road, Riverhead, were both charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

The Riverhead Police Department COPE Unit in cooperation with the Riverhead Community Awareness Program conducted the investigation into the sale of alcohol to people under the age of 21,  according to a police press release. The arrests were made on Sept. 14 and Sept. 16, police said.

Police said checks were conducted on the following locations:

Jerry and the Mermaid, 469 East Main St., Riverhead
Diggers, 58 West Main St., Riverhead
Applebees, 1832 Old Country Road, Riverhead
Buffalo Wild Wings, 1761 Old Country Road, Riverhead
Perabell, 65 East Main St., Riverhead
TGI Fridays, 1480 Old Country Road, Riverhead

All other establishments were found to be in compliance, police said.

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.

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