Alcohol sting leads to three arrests

FONDA –Two men were arrested on Monday for allegedly selling alcohol to minors, and during the sting operation, a larceny was in progress which led to the arrest of a third male for allegedly stealing alcohol.

Dylan C. Hay, 26, of 30 Willett St., Fort Plain, a Save-A-Lot employee, and Christopher Pascarella, 49, of 7 Rock St., Canajoharie, a Quick Gas Mart employee, were both charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child, a misdemeanor.

Donald B. Lane Jr., 48, of 93 E. Grand St., Apt. 128, Palatine Bridge was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

According to a news release, on Thursday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Amsterdam Police Department and state Liquor Authority, conducted an underage alcohol purchase detail. The sheriff’s office went to 17 different businesses throughout the county attempting to purchase alcohol with an underage confidential informant.

Out of the 17 businesses, Save-A-Lot in Fort Plain and Quick Gas in Canajoharie sold alcoholic beverages to the underage confidential informant without verifying their age.

The 15 businesses that did not sell to the underage confidential informant include: El Caribe in Amsterdam, Valley View Mini Mart in Amsterdam, Supermart Superstop in Fultonville, Betty Beavers in Fultonville, Fonda Cumberland Farms, Iroquois Lanes in Canajoharie, Flint Liquors in Canajoharie, Q’s Mart in Nelliston, Fort Plain Stewart’s Shop, Blue Ox in Fort Plain, Cosmo’s Bar and Grill in St. Johnsville, St. Johnsville’s Stewart’s Shop, St. Johnsville Country Farm and St. Johnsville Dollar General.

Meanwhile, during the detail, a larceny was in progress at Stewart’s at Palatine Bridge in which Lane allegedly stole two 12 packs of Bud Light. He was later found in possession of the beer at the Budget Inn in Palatine Bridge.

Lane was arrested for petit larceny and released on an appearance ticket.