Crouch Hill Supermarket could be shut down for buying booze stolen from Sainsbury’s
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An off-licence faces being shut down after being caught by police buying booze stolen from Sainsbury’s.
Officers have called a licensing review for Crouch Hill Supermarket, near the Haringey border in Crouch Hill, saying it has “failed catastrophically”.
Pc Steve Harrington said of bosses: “They have gone beyond the comparatively minor offences of failing to adhere to two very straightforward conditions [to not buying alcohol off the street and to report the seller to trading standards] – they have gone a far stride further and broken the law on a greater scale in terms of handling stolen goods.
“It is our opinion that they as a team cannot be trusted, from the licence holder and DPS [designated premises supervisor] down to the shop assistant. They have all shown a complete disregard for to the licensing objectives.”
Plain clothes officers saw someone enter the shop on November 2 with a bag of shopping, before leaving moments later empty handed, a report handed to Islington’s licensing sub-committee reveals.
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The cops investigated and found he had sold nine bottles of wine to staff for £35.
Savvas Boybeyi, the son of licensee Huseyin, was behind the counter and Ali Onay was in the stock room, where the bottles of wine were found on the table.
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Boybeyi initially said they had been obtained officially, but then admitted they had been bought from the man. Officers left with the wine and the security tags, which they had seen in the bin. Onay then admitted to cops that it had happened more than once.
The Boybeyis initially denied any knowledge and tried to blame Onay, but in January Savvas admitted the crime at Islington police station and signed a “community resolution”.
“Savvas Boybeyi lied to police in the first instance, before he realised that the crime he had committed was obvious, and captured on CCTV,” Pc Harrington wrote. “The venue does stock a lot of wines, and has a stock room full to the brim of alcohol. We have no way of knowing how much of this has been purchased legally.”
Police want all three workers banned from having anything to do with the shop and for councillors to consider stripping the licence altogether.
The licence review will take place on Tuesday at the town hall.