YORKTOWN, N.Y. – For the second time in six months, a Yorktown vape shop is accused of selling tobacco products to a minor.
Xuefang “Rock” Liu, of Rock's Smoke Shop, on Commerce Street, was arrested last Dec. 13, accused of selling products to a 14-year-old. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a Class B misdemeanor.
In that case, Liu pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a violation that carries a $250 fine, according to Yorktown Justice Court. As part of his plea agreement, Liu was given a one-year conditional discharge, which required him to stay out of legal trouble for 12 months or the original charge could resurface.
The Queens resident only made it six, police said.
Arrested again on Thursday, June 20, Liu is accused this time of selling products to a minor on two consecutive days. That brought two more charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble said his department has received several complaints about Liu’s shop allegedly selling e-cigarettes and vape pens to minors. With the help of a high school student, Noble said, the department carried out an undercover investigation.
The student, according to Noble, purchased two vaping products on June 19 and June 20 without being asked for identification.
“This shouldn’t be happening in Yorktown,” Noble told Yorktown News. “We’re certainly not going to stand for it. These e-cigarettes, vape pens, clearly marked with nicotine, are an addictive substance. It’s just shameful conduct to make a buck.”
Yorktown police reported the arrest, Noble said, to the Westchester County Health Department, which licenses these types of stores.
Noble commended the work of Dets. Richard Finn and Thomas Nadoraski “for their investigation and subsequent arrest.”
Liu was released on $250 bail and is due back in Yorktown Justice Court on July 18.