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Speedway stores cited for Christmas alcohol sales

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Indiana State Excise Police have cited 109 Speedway convenience stores, including the 2350 Jonathan Moore Pike location in Columbus, for unlawfully selling alcohol on Christmas Day.

The excise officer began an investigation Dec. 26 after receiving an anonymous tip a Speedway convenience store in South Bend had sold beer on Christmas Day.

While investigating at that store, the officer spoke to another clerk from a different Speedway who asked if it was illegal to sell alcohol on Christmas, because she, too, had sold alcohol at her store.

Indiana prohibits selling alcoholic beverages from 7 a.m. Dec. 25 until 3 a.m. Dec. 26, according to the excise police.

Among the other stores cited were one in Franklin, 16 in Indianapolis, one in Rushville, one in Seymour and one in Shelbyville.

Speedway’s corporate office in Enron, Ohio, has been cooperating throughout the investigation, police said. An administrative hearing could be scheduled to determine whether Speedway is liable in the sales, according to excise police. Company spokeswoman Angela Graves said it is working with excise police to determine what happened.

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