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Clerk charged with furnishing beer to informant, 19

Cary Ashby • Aug 20, 2014 at 3:04 PM

A local clerk has been charged with selling beer to a 19-year-old confidential informant during a liquor compliance check.

Bobbie J. Barnett, 33, of 109 N. Hester St., is charged with selling beer or intoxicating liquor to an underage person. The first-degree misdemeanor is in connection with a compliance check Aug. 9 at Mickey Mart, 331 Milan Ave.

The Norwalk Police Department did checks at local convenience, drive-thru and grocery stores that have permits to sell alcohol.

At 5:41 p.m., the confidential informant was sent in to Mickey Mart. Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said the "cooperating individual" bought a 25-ounce can of Busch Light beer and left the store at 5:43.

"The subject turned over a can of Busch Light beer and a receipt from the purchase. The receipt indicates $1.79 with 13 cents tax for a total of $1.92. It should be noted the receipt also indicates 'customer ID verified,' however, the subject was sent into the store without any identification," Fulton wrote in his report.

The informant told police Barnett didn't ask for identification and described her "as having short, dark hair in a pony tail and a name tag with the name 'Bobbie' on it," the detective said.

Fulton and Detective Sgt. Seth Fry returned to the store later and identified the clerk as Barnett.

"Ms. Barnett confirmed she was the only one working at the store at the time of the sale. She said she did not even remember not asking the subject for identification," Fulton said.

Barnett came to the police station at Fry's request Monday and was issued a summons.

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