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Undercover agents raid Pittsburgh restaurant for second time within year

PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement agents raided a Strip District restaurant on Friday, saying the location was illegally selling alcohol without a liquor license.

The search warrant was executed on Savoy Sports Bar, on Penn Avenue in the Strip District after numerous complaints that the location was operating without a valid liquor license.

Undercover agents confirmed those illegal liquor sales, police said, and approximately 12.2 gallons of malt or brewed beverages and about 277 liters of liquor were seized. A state trooper and a liquor enforcement officer entered the club undercover and were told by a bartender that their $20 cover charge covered their drinks.

Charles Sanders, owner of the restaurant, was arrested and taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

Savoy had previously been raided by Liquor Control Enforcement in December. In that raid, police seized about 116 gallons of malt or brewed beverages and about 1,035 liters of liquor and wine.