Scheme busted that would get teens beer with secret password - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Scheme busted that would get teens beer with secret password

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A secret word may have been all that separated underage buyers and the alcohol they were after, and undercover video tells the story.

Authorities say a ring of Middle Tennessee high school students knew just where to go, and saying the right thing let them walk out of a store carrying entire cases of beer.

The owner of that store is now in trouble, and investigators say it should serve as a warning to others.

Police say a parent of a Father Ryan High School student tipped them off to what was happening at the Stop N Shop on White Bridge Road.

Officers then sent in undercover teenagers to buy beer.

Surveillance video shows the clerk denying the teen at first, but he knows what to say: "Not even for $40?"

The clerk then checks outside for police, gets the beer, takes the teen's money and even loads the beer into the kid's car.

Investigators say they caught the clerk three times that night and the owner once.

Now, both are in trouble with the law.

"It makes me angry that anyone would jeopardize our young people just to make a dollar," said DeWayne Holman, executive director of the Nashville Prevention Partnership.

Investigators believe this has been going on for a year now, and mostly it was private school students who had been referred by another.

They say sometimes the store clerk would even pay homeless people to stand outside and keep an eye out for police.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Scheme busted that would get teens beer with secret passwordMore>>

  • NewsMore>>

  • Fred: A rainy weather pattern setting up

    Fred: A rainy weather pattern setting up

    Saturday, December 16 2017 11:21 AM EST2017-12-16 16:21:27 GMT
    (Source: Fred Hunter/WBRC)(Source: Fred Hunter/WBRC)
    Big weather changes will be affecting our weather in the week ahead but today sunshine remains along with temperatures a few degrees below average for both this afternoon and Sunday. We continue to see increasing clouds through tonight with overnight lows early tomorrow morning in the 32-39 degree range as the next rain maker approaches later in the day. The first rain may approach during the pre-dawn hours in Northwest Alabama but these will only be a few isolated showers. An area of...More >>
    Big weather changes will be affecting our weather in the week ahead but today sunshine remains along with temperatures a few degrees below average for both this afternoon and Sunday. We continue to see increasing clouds through tonight with overnight lows early tomorrow morning in the 32-39 degree range as the next rain maker approaches later in the day. The first rain may approach during the pre-dawn hours in Northwest Alabama but these will only be a few isolated showers. An area of...More >>
  • Fred: A cold beginning for the weekend

    Fred: A cold beginning for the weekend

    Saturday, December 16 2017 11:14 AM EST2017-12-16 16:14:43 GMT
    (Source: Fred Hunter/WBRC)(Source: Fred Hunter/WBRC)

    A ridge of high pressure will build briefly over the region today as a dry air mass remains in place, although we will see more clouds through the day.  

    More >>

    A ridge of high pressure will build briefly over the region today as a dry air mass remains in place, although we will see more clouds through the day.  

    More >>
  • Former Oneonta cop charged with multiple child sex charges

    Former Oneonta cop charged with multiple child sex charges

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:49 PM EST2017-12-16 04:49:44 GMT

    New information on a former Oneonta police officer facing new child sex charges after the department fired him back in August after being arrested for DUI.

    More >>

    New information on a former Oneonta police officer facing new child sex charges after the department fired him back in August after being arrested for DUI.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly