However, it seems that Shell's employees aren't taking any more chances, and are now routinely checking for identification when young people coming a-calling for beer.
Problem is, it seems they can't spot a fake.
City of Fairfax Police made multiple arrests of underage teens at the Shell station earlier this month, for possession of alcohol and presenting false identification.
The first arrest was of a 20-year-old Fairfax City man, on Aug. 1.
At 11:45 p.m., officers observed a male subject who appeared to be under 21 years of age leave the Shell station with a package of beer, and depart in a vehicle, which they subsequently stopped.
After talking with the man and checking his identification, the officers determined that the underage subject had presented a false ID to the clerk on duty.
The young man was issued citations for possessing alcohol and using false identification in the purchase of alcohol while being underage. He was released on summonses.
The second set of arrests was a group of three under-agers from Annandale.
On Aug. 2 at 11:43 p.m., Fairfax City officers reported observing three male subjects apparently under 21 years of age come out of the Shell station with alcohol in their possession, and leave in a vehicle, which they subsequently stopped.
A quick check of their IDs revealed that all three individuals were under 21 and had used false identification to purchase the alcoholic beverages in their possession. Two 19-year-olds and one 20-year-old, all from Annandale, were each charged with possession of false identification and underage possession of alcohol, and were released on summonses.
The following additional information was reported by the City of Fairfax Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Aug. 1 - Trespassing Arrest: At 12:44 a.m., officers responded to a report of a male subject in a residence in the 11100 block of Rock Garden Drive who had previously trespassed there and been ordered to leave. The subject was disorderly and uncooperative with officers while being taken into custody. The 20-year-old man was transported to the Adult Detention Center, where warrants were issued charging him with obstruction of justice, trespassing, possession of marijuana and being drunk in public.
Aug. 1 - Fraud: A man called from the Boulevard Motel at 9845 Fairfax Blvd. and reported that, on July 29, a male subject had sold him three laptop computers and received payment from him for them. When the victim subsequently opened the computer packages he discovered all three were inoperable and were of a different brand than he had been told.
Aug. 2 - Assault Arrest: At 5:13 p.m. a man called to report that, early that morning, he had been assaulted by a male subject at Fast Eddie's, 9687 Fairfax Blvd., and sustained facial injuries that did not require medical treatment. As the result of an investigation by the Patrol Division, a suspect was identified and a warrant was obtained, charging him with assault and battery. The suspect, a 35-year-old Fairfax man, met with an officer at police headquarters upon the officer's request, where he was served with the warrant and transported to the Adult Detention Center. His bond was set at $3,000.
Aug. 2 - Burglary: At 12:21 p.m., employees of Farrish Auto Dealership at 9610 Fairfax Blvd. and Presidential Detailing at 3180 Draper Dr. reported that, sometime between 11 p.m. July 22 and 7 a.m. on July 23, someone had gained entry into the firm's operating areas and stolen five pieces of equipment.
Aug. 4 - Shoplifting Arrest: At 1:07 p.m., employees of the TJ Maxx store at 10300 Main St. reported that they had observed a female subject place items of merchandise in a bag, which she had also taken from the store, and attempt to leave without paying, at which point she was detained. The 70-year-old female was charged with concealment of merchandise and released on a summons.
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