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Sea Cliff Deli Owner Charged After Detaining Teen

Teen was part of an underage cigarette operation, according to report by CBS 2.

A Sea Cliff deli owner is facing criminal charges after detaining a teen who turned out to be part of a police operation.

According to a report by CBS 2, Arata’s Delicatessen owner Ron Collura called 911 while detaining a 17-year-old after refusing to sell him cigarettes. Collura said he felt the teen and another man were colluding to rob his store. 

Collura claims that only when police arrived did the man reveal his ID and explain that the pair were Nassau County Health Department inspectors on an underage cigarette operation, according to the report. 

Colluras was charged with obstructing governmental administration. He is due in court on Dec. 3 and faces a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail if convicted. 
Tom Terrific November 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM
I saw the story on this evening's news and these individuals definitely looked as if they were casing this man's store. He had it all on video. It was only a few short years ago that a jewelry store owner not far from that area was murdered during a robbery. So what the hell is this man supposed to think? And another thing, about this bullspit charge of "obstructing governmental administration:" How is it "obstructing" when the man had no knowledge of the sting operation? He thought he was about to be robbed, you common sense-challenged fools.
Kevin Cassin November 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM
what he said...
John Pine November 21, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Welcome to New York state, where law abiding citizens have no right to defend themselves or even protect their store. No wonder the thugs own the streets! Read the news lately, crime is out of control!
Mark666 November 21, 2013 at 01:22 AM
So, I just saw the video from CBS. What the HELL is Nassau County doing wasting our taxpayer dollars going after this guy for? He did exactly what he was suppose to do. Even more than most would do. That Cop in the suit said the "kid" did nothing illegal. EXCUSE ME??!! He said he was 17 and he asked to buy cigarettes! You have too be 18 to buy them in NYS. So, the "kid" did do, or attempted to do, something illegal. Plus, the owner of the place noticed his partner being very suspicious. After the owner asked the older guy to leave & kept the younger 1 there, all they had to do was show their ID. Problem solved! There has too be something else.
Mike Bruschini November 21, 2013 at 01:31 AM
If Mr. Collura serves one more day in jail, it will reflect that our country, with New York being the prime example, is moving away from a genuinely free society towards "soft tyranny", a bureaucratic state subject to the whims of bureaucrats and thieve politicians. This genius didn't even know how to run an "underage operation", he should not have been in the store with the kid. Ask any restaurateur about the health department. They find who to go after and the harassment never ends.
Robert G. Schaffrath November 21, 2013 at 06:37 AM
@Mike: That ship sailed long ago. Google the term "Free State" to understand just how bad New York already is. I hope to get out of this state by the time I retire so that I can at least taste a little genuine freedom before I die.
George Boecklin November 21, 2013 at 07:31 AM
The ship has sailed. I hope u can find that place with a little genuine freedom left anywhere in thin country.
Karen O'Mara Swett November 21, 2013 at 07:46 AM
It all hinges on WHEN these 2 inspectors identified themselves.
J.orozco November 21, 2013 at 07:47 AM
This is an outrage! I know the family that owns that deli. Always service with a smile and hard working. I'm stick and tired of watching law biding citizens be subject to the stupidity of government bureaucrats that have nothing better to do to justify their jobs. Those mental incompetents should be sued and fired. But they probably won't, instead they'll get a promotion and a raise. All you need is a pulse and a bird brain to work for government. Ron I hope you get a great lawyer and sue for wrongful imprisonment and pain and suffering money out of Nassau county. At least I'll be happy knowing you'll get some of my hard earned tax money for a hard working family instead these mental midgets.
Karen O'Mara Swett November 21, 2013 at 07:47 AM
I hope Ron gets a good lawyer! He should not take the obstructing rap if those 2 waited for NCPD to arrive before revealing themselves!!
Karen O'Mara Swett November 21, 2013 at 07:49 AM
Other than that the story makes no sense. Stores detain shoplifters all the time - Ron did nothing wrong there.
Eileen Coles November 21, 2013 at 08:21 AM
Well now, I think I just found my new favorite deli, what about the rest of you? ;-7 A person alone behind a counter has the right to defend the money and goods they are responsible for until the cops get there. The teens were sent in under suspicious circumstances, obviously the counterperson was wise to something about their uncool behavior. Now I find myself wondering just how badly NCPD wanted to sting this guy, so much that they had to contrive an illogical reason to imprison him when the sting failed. I also for some strange reason find myself craving a ham and swiss on rye for lunch. Maybe I will go get one later. ;-7
cynthia kouril November 21, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Either this story has been misreported or there has been some crazy charging mistake. Why would the DA's office agree to charge? He needs a decent lawyer, there should be a Motion to Dismiss.
tommy November 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Yes, as said before. It all depends on when the undercover team identified themselves in whole or part. Secondly, I worked as a counter man in a liquor store and one must be vigilant. If the store employee or owner makes an error and sells to under age, there are fines and court appearances to be made. The Deli owner was vigilant and noticed something was not right. Salute him. OBSTRUCTING GOVERNMENT ... more people should obstruct govt, cause its is bad. Sea Cliff oh oh oh is that a hot bed of illegal activity? its so sleepy cmon. Send these lazy govt people into The Hood so they can do something usefull. But no, Govt law enforcement prefers to do easy things so the chance of making mistakes is at a minimum. They just wanna collect their pay. But then they make claims as to what a good job they do and we pay for it dearly. This man will be exonerated in court. Any group of our peers or any judge will agree this man acted accordingly. He never touched anyone ( as far as the article goes) and he called 911. And id like to know more about what happened when Nassaus finest showed up???? Thois is pathetic. This man should get the mayors award, County Executive award and the Governors award.
Mark666 November 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Well, according to the report above, the 2 idiots only identified themselves after the police showed up. Like I said above. If they had ID'd themselves right after the guy asked the older one to leave and the younger one not too, story over. Should of gone something like this. UNDERCOVER STOOGE: "Sir, we are Nassau County Health Inspectors. Here is our IDs. You just passed our test with flying colors. Thank you for following the correct procedure in not selling cigarettes to a minor. Have a good day." DELI OWNER: Boy, you guys had me going there for a while. I thought you were casing the oint to rob me. I'm glad it was just a test. Now please leave so I can get back to real customers." Or something like that anyway. But NOOOOOOO! These guys have too make a Federal case out of it. Probably think they are going to earn their merit badge.
tommy November 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Mark,, I concur.
Mike Bruschini November 21, 2013 at 06:22 PM
The Mayor of Sea Cliff should put out a statement on this. I also wonder if this would have ended differently if Sea Cliff were served by the Glen Cove Police Department, as had been discussed two years ago.
Pazzo November 22, 2013 at 09:31 AM
This sounds like entrapment to me.
Mark666 November 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Pazzo, it's not entrapment. That is if it is done according to the law. Sending in someone to see if a clerk will sell cigarettes, alcohol, or anything else to a minor that they are not legally allowed to buy is not a bad thing. Although, I trusted my kids, when they were under age, not to try and buy such items. There is always that chance that they or someone they knew would try. And I would like to know that there are people like Ron Collura behind the counters that will not allow them to buy those items. Like mentioned in many of these posts. He should be applauded for how he acted.
florence zias December 02, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I am appalled at how this sting went down...such a disgrace.. A committed store owner has to pay a price for feeling something was amiss. There is so much money on The North Shore and many of the youth are out of control...I applaud his Efforts.. Why pick on a store owner who is trying to do as he should.. I pray that justice will prevail....Good Luck To the Proprietor of the Deli !!!

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