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Teens busted with stolen booze

A group of teenagers allegedly had two bottles of alcohol in a car when they were stopped by the Madera County Sheriff’s Offfice near Yosemite Bank Friday afternoon.
A group of teenagers allegedly had two bottles of alcohol in a car when they were stopped by the Madera County Sheriff’s Offfice near Yosemite Bank Friday afternoon. Sierra Star

Law enforcement officers were pursuing a teenager in Oakhurst after five other juveniles were caught with two allegedly stolen bottles of alcohol during a vehicle stop near Yosemite Bank the afternoon of Feb. 24, Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Ward said.

Four teens in the car, three males and one female, were quickly detained after the stop. One of them was reportedly caught hiding in the trunk. Two others ran off, and one was later apprehended near Oakhurst Community Park. Most of the suspects were reportedly under the age of 18.

Ward said shortly before 12:30 p.m., a store owner in Coarsegold reported two people walked into their shop, snatched a bottle of booze and fled in a dark blue Honda sedan towards Oakhurst.

A half hour later, Sgt. Larry Rich stopped the vehicle near Yosemite Bank, where two suspects were seen running off towards the Dollar Store and in the direction of the park.

Rich and officers from the California Highway Patrol pursued the two before they caught one of them, Ward said. The two bottles of alcohol were unopened.

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