Police: Arizona Bar & Grill Caught Selling Alcohol to a Minor

The Commack eatery was one of five caught in a sting operation of nine businesses.

Commack’s Arizona Bar and Grill was one of five businesses caught selling alcohol to a minor, police said, after conducting a sting operation on April 5 in the Town of Huntington.

Andrew Lastuvka, 26, a worker at Arizona Bar and Grill, located at 6106 Route 25, was arrested and charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree.

The Second Precinct Crime Section conducted the underage alcohol sting operation on April 5 between 8:20 p.m. and midnight. Of those businesses, five were found to be in violation. A volunteer younger than 21-years-old, acting as an agent with the Suffolk County Police Department, entered 14 businesses with the intent to purchase alcohol. Some of the stores chosen were in response to community complaints while others were randomly selected.

Others arrested in the sting operation include:

  • Kathleen Kress, 54, East Northport Beverage Company, 308 Larkfield Road, East Northport
  • Hipolito Estevez, 53, Papa Ningo Deli, 1888 New York Ave., Huntington Station
  • Kenneth Babi, 48, West Hills Wines & Liquors, 1720 New York Ave., Huntington Station
  • Sergio Omar Hernandez, 24, Los Compas Deli and Grocery, 161 Depot Road, Huntington Station

Four of the store representatives were issued a field appearance ticket and will appear at First District Court in Central Islip on June 4. Police said Hernandez failed to qualify for a field appearance ticket and is being held overnight at the Second Precinct. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip April 6. 

The following nine establishments complied with New York State law and refused the sale of alcohol to a minor:

  • Brothers Deli, 243 Broadway, Greenlawn
  • Broadway Bagelry, 223 Broadway, Greenlawn
  • Superstar Beer and Soda, 516 Route 25, Huntington Station
  • One Stop Market, 246 Pulaski Road, East Northport
  • Huntington Gas, 341 Route 25, Huntington Station
  • 24/7, 10 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
  • Valero Gas, 445 Route 25, Huntington Station
  • Instant Replay, 282 Route 25, Huntington Station
  • BP Gas, 272 Route 25, Huntington Station

The operation was part of an ongoing effort by the Suffolk County Police Department to ensure compliance of laws pertaining to the sale of alcohol, police said.

Path Etic April 06, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Commack is riddled with powder heroin readily available to adolescents in middle school high school and adults, and it it's availability is only superseded by its use. Re-direct your focus, controlling underage drinking is 'easier' , you're not getting paid Suffolk county officer salaries to ignore the larger problem and just go after what's easy.
excommackchick April 06, 2013 at 09:47 PM
so true go after the big stuff. I went to the bar years and years ago and was underage. give me a break. go get the deakers that are killing our children not the bartender in the whole in the wall,
knee jerk April 08, 2013 at 12:30 AM
There was already a drug bust in Arizona's a while back. This could be a follow up operation. No matter what, this drug/alcohol problem will never end. Whatever is cheaper is the drug dujour. Nancy Regan was right," just say no",but unfortunately that will never work either.
Nick April 12, 2013 at 04:33 PM
March 2012.....' 6 arrested at Arizona Bar' ...board the damn place up!


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