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Oak Creek Businesses Crack Down On Fake IDs

Fake Illinois IDs used twice at Woodman's.

Oak Creek police issued a warning last year to business owners to look out for fake Illinois identification cards after two incidents at .

According to a police report, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee created more than 50 fake Illinois IDs. They were used at least twice at Woodman's last year, and three or four attempts were made using other fake IDs, Liquor Manager Linsey Knor said.

"You really can't tell the difference sometimes," she said. "Even the cop said it was hard. They were really impressed that we caught them."

A special agent from the Department of Revenue-Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement assisted with the police department's investigation, but no arrests were made.

Knor said most attempts happen near closing time, though one of the Illinois ID incidents happened just after 8 a.m.

Woodman's clerks would usually ask questions about a person’s birthday or weight to see if the information was memorized. Since then, clerks have been trained more thoroughly in what to look for.

Even with the increased training, "If you're not comfortable, tell them no. That's what I always tell my girls," Knor said.

, 9555 S. Howell Ave., saw the police department’s warning but hasn't seen many fake ID attempts.

"We've gotten like two that I can think of this whole year," said Christopher Galarza.

Chuck Potter, owner of , 2201 E. Rawson Ave., said he also hasn't seen a fake Illinois ID and credited the for alerting businesses.

"Don’t bother going to Oak Creek (with a fake ID)," he said. "You've got to give the police credit for getting this out there."

rick January 22, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Nice job on catching them. Now we just have to make sure this doesn't happen at voting time.
WISH2b? January 23, 2012 at 06:15 AM
just let kids buy booze, it's totally immature of us as a nation to tell someone they cannot drink. rebelious teens would participate in social drinkings more responsibly and respect the activity more if they were allowed to do it at any age. Parents should introduce their children to a safe environment while drinking and be there for them to monitor their first few experiences. these efforts of catching fakes are noble and have great need (drunk driving, misidentification, resale) but again, this could all be avoided if our nation were to allow any-age-drinking. make better uses of your time and tax dollar.

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