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* Ignacio Ramirez and 15 year old boy were arrested for an attempted beet theft in Salinas

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 A man and a boy were arrested Thursday following an attempted beer theft in Salinas, the Salinas Police Department said. Ignacio Ramirez, 20, allegedly drove a 15-year-old boy to the La Paloma Market at 154 W. Market St. near the Salinas Amtrak station. The two intended to steal beer from the market, police said. The teenager entered the store and grabbed two 18-packs of beer, police said. The boy tried to kick the store’s front door open to make a quick getaway, but the door could only be pulled open. He was forced to use his hands, police said. Once out of the store, the boy tried to run to Ramirez, who was waiting in the truck, but the boy tripped and fell down, police said. He got up, put the beer in the truck’s rear bed, and drove off with Ramirez, police said. A witness followed the suspects in a separate car until police caught up with them on Nacional Street, police said. Police saw beer exposed in the truck bed and pulled the suspects over. Both suspects were arrested for burglary and conspiracy, police said. Ramirez was also booked for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said. The teenager spit on a police officer during his booking in juvenile hall, which garnered him an additional charge of battery on a police officer, police said. Both suspects were found to have outstanding warrants prior to the attempted theft, police said. Ramirez’s was for previous traffic violations and the boy’s was for probation violation in Sacramento County. All of the beer was recovered, police said.

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