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Three underage men were arrested Friday afternoon after allegedly stealing toiletries, alcohol and meat from a Benicia supermarket all while a baby was in a getaway vehicle, Benicia police said. The three men, identified as Demarco Coney, 19, of Benicia; Michael Scurlock, 20, of Pittsburg; and Cheyenne Sanders, 20, of Fairfield, were spotted taking items by Raley’s store employees in the 800 block of Southampton Road around noon, police said.
Allegedly Scurlock and Coney took items from a shopping cart and put them into a duffel bag while Sanders was in a getaway vehicle with a 21-month-old child. The child is believed to belong to a relative of one of the three suspects, police said. While attempting to leave the store with apparently $280 worth of stolen goods, store employees alerted police.
When officers arrived the two suspects exited the store where they encountered store security. The two fled, and one was caught by police officers in the parking lot on the north side of the store, police said. The second suspect ran north across Southampton Road and was caught by a second police officer, police said. Meanwhile, store security personnel attempted to stop Sanders in the vehicle.
Sanders allegedly backed out of a parking spot while a security officer was holding onto the vehicle and quickly drove off with one of the car doors open, police said. The security officer released his hold of the vehicle, and was not injured in the incident, police said. Sanders allegedly drove to a nearby residence and picked up the mother of one of the suspects and drove back to the store parking lot where he was arrested and the child was taken into protective custody.
According to police, there were not proper safety restraints for the child in the car. All of the stolen items were recovered. The trio was booked into Solano County Jail in Fairfield on burglary, conspiracy, child endangerment and minors in possession of alcohol charges, according to police.
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