Police: Man illegally sold booze online

Christman said he wasn’t aware of crime

A Hollidaysburg man is facing charges after state police say he sold a bottle of whisky to a state trooper through Craigslist.

Ray R. Christman, 52, was charged this week with a misdemeanor count of unlawful sale of liquor for allegedly selling a bottle of Crown Royal Peach whisky to a trooper in the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

According to the charges, a state trooper searching Craigslist posts for sales of liquor without a license came across two separate posts — one from Sept. 3 that advertised the sale of “Whistle Pig Boss Hog 5th edition — $800” and another from Sept. 3 for “Sealed Crown Royal Salted Caramel and Peach — $55.”

The trooper emailed the poster, confirmed Christman posted both ads and arranged to meet to buy the alcohol, police noted.

Christman showed the trooper a casket-style box that held one bottle of Whistle Pig “The Boss Hog Fifth Edition — The Spirit of Mauve” as well as two sealed boxes of Crown Royal Peach Whisky when they met up for the sale on Oct. 6. Christman told the trooper to open one of the Crown Royal boxes, despite the seal being intact, to confirm what was inside.

State police said the box contained a bottle of the whisky, which is a limited edition.

State police said the post for the Crown Royal Peach originally stated the price was “make an offer on the peach above 75,” but Christman said he would sell one bottle for $65.

After the trooper handed Christman $65, several other troopers and the undercover officer identified themselves as state police.

Christman told troopers he didn’t know that advertising and selling liquor without a license in Pennsylvania was illegal and said he has seen other Craigslist postings for “collectors bottles” that included bottles from before and after Prohibition, state police pointed out in the charges.

Christman was charged by a summons and is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson on Dec. 12.


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