ONEONTA – Oneonta police seized 140 fake or altered IDs at in their biggest raid to date at the Sip & Sail bar on Friday night.
“We were planning to go to several bars to conduct checks on liquor licenses and underage drinking,” said Police Chief Doug Brenner. “We went to the Sip & Sail first and discovered a large amount of underage customers.”
In all, they issued 140 tickets, confiscating the same number of fake IDs. “This is by far the biggest raid we’ve had,” said Brenner. “It’s one thing to pick up a person here or there, but we haven’t even sifted through all the tickets yet.”
So large, he said, that they didn’t even have the time to go to the other bars. “This one took up all our time,” he said.
In February 2016, Oneonta Police raided Legends Filling Station and Choice Ultra Lounge for selling underage; at Choice Ultra Lounge, 70 of the bar’s 84 patrons were under 21.
The Sip & Sail remains open, but according to Bill Crowley, spokesperson for the State Liquor Authority, charges may be pending.