Metro-East News

Four workers charged with selling tobacco to minors in Collinsville

Collinsville police recently issued citations to four people, charging them with selling tobacco to underage customers as a result of a compliance check, Maj. Richard Wittenauer said in a news release Thursday.

Collinsville Police Department said it conducts the check periodically in the city in an effort to discourage underage tobacco use and deter tobacco outlets from selling tobacco to minors. The most recent compliance check was completed on Tuesday, police said.

Police, with the assistance of the Collinsville Police Explorers program, conducted a compliance check at 22 businesses.

Police said the following four employees of four separate businesses were charged with unlawful sale of tobacco to persons under the age of 18: Humza S. Magrhabi, 28, of Belleville, an employee at Eddie’s Meat Market; Jacob G. Pielmeier, 23, of Collinsville, an employee at Exxon, Latoya A. Helm, 23, of East St. Louis, an employee at Shop N Save at Collinsville Rd.; and Christine M. Rosenkranz, 46, of Collinsville, an employee at Lonnie’s Liquor.

Kaitlyn Schwers