YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown Police Department arrested 11 minors recently and charged them with possession of fake IDs at Murphy's Irish Restaurant and Bar.
The arrests were made as part of a compliance check at Murphy's just after midnight on July 19, according to police. The check was "part of an ongoing effort to curb underage drinking and was partially funded by the Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids," according to the police report. Eight teens and three 20-year-olds were found in possession of allegedly forged driver's licenses indicating they were over 21, according to the report.
Several of the youths were from Yorktown, while others were from Newburgh, Somers, Garrison, North Salem, Cortlandt Manor and New Windsor. One of the youths arrested was also charged with resisting arrest. All charges were misdemeanors.
Yorktown Councilman Terrance Murphy, who co-owns the business, recently praised the Yorktown Police Department for their efforts. "When it comes to keeping our kids safe, we take a zero tolerance approach for underage drinking," Murphy said in a press release. "We have all the necessary precautions in place to ensure these type of incidents don't happen, including a New York State ID scanner and asking for a second ID. The scary part is, the reality of the situation is that forgeries have become so sophisticated that they scan as regular IDs."
Murphy noted in a news release that the compliance check was done with assistance of bar ownership.
"These issues have nothing to do with politics, but they have everything to do with keeping our kids safe" Murphy said in the release.
All of the youths arrested were taken to the Yorktown Police Department for processing, released to third parties and have court appearances set for 6 p.m. on Aug. 20, according to the police report.