State cites stores for selling Christmas spirits

2014-01-29T20:15:00Z 2014-01-29T20:42:22Z State cites stores for selling Christmas spiritsElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

More than a dozen Northwest Indiana Speedway convenience stores were cited by Indiana State Excise Police for selling alcohol on Christmas Day.

The citations come after a monthlong investigation into 109 Speedway stores accused of selling alcohol on Christmas Day. According to Indiana State Excise Police, the investigation began when police received a tip that a Speedway in South Bend sold alcohol on Christmas Day.

A worker at a different Speedway asked an excise officer if it was illegal to sell alcohol on Christmas Day because her location had sold alcohol that day, according to a news release.

According to Indiana law, it is unlawful to sell alcohol on Christmas Day and until 7 a.m. Dec. 26.

The penalties for selling alcohol on Christmas Day range from a $1,000 fine to a suspension or revocation of a permit to sell alcohol, said Cpl. Travis Thickstun, spokesman for Indiana State Excise Police.

Thickstun said by email that usually a few Indiana businesses are cited each year for selling alcohol on Christmas Day, but the Speedway investigation has netted the most citations. 

"We have not uncovered anything close to this magnitude before," Thickstun said by email. 

There were 19 Northwest Indiana Speedways cited. The stores are in Chesterton, Dyer, Hammond, Hobart, LaPorte, Lowell, Merrillville, Michigan City, Portage, St. John, Valparaiso and Wanatah.

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