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Clerks allegedly sold spray paint to minors taking part in police sting

July 17, 2010 |  9:11 am

You've heard of stings to see whether store clerk will sell cigarettes or alcohol to minors.

But the Burbank Police Department has taken the concept and extended it to graffiti supplies.

Four store clerks were cited this week after they allegedly sold spray paint supplies to underage teens who were working undercover for police, officials said.

Several teens volunteered to go undercover Tuesday and purchase spray paint cans at eight merchants, including home improvement stores, Sgt. Claudio Losacco said. Selling spray painting and etching supplies to customers younger than 18 is illegal.

Of the eight locations tested, four stores sold to the underage buyers, Losacco said.

"It's not good," he told the Burbank Leader. "We were hoping for full compliance."

Police would not identify which stores were tested or sold supplies to the undercover teens.

The store clerks who sold spray painting supplies to the teens were cited on suspicion of selling or furnishing paint supplies to a minor, Losacco said.

Read the full story here.

-- Veronica Rocha reporting for the Burbank Leader