Alcohol shopping spree lasts only so long for minors

On Thursday, January 17 2 minors with a serious appetite for alcohol made off with multiple bottles of the hard stuff over a 3-day burglary binge at Claremont’s local Stater Bros. market, located at 1055 W. Foothill Blvd. One minor conducted most of the crime, acting alone in 2 of the burglaries, performed on January 15 and 16. On day 3, January 16, he brought along a male accomplice. It turns out luck only lasts so long. Police arrived to a residence off Mountain Avenue the following day after a parent called to inform officers that minors were in a bedroom of the residence drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. Police found the male accomplice in the room accompanied by the fruits of his burglaries: lots and lots of alcohol. The 17-year-old was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey. The original crook is still outstanding.

The fate of Brian Smith, 23, of Pomona, was similar to that of the 17-year-old. He chose the wrong time and the wrong market to steal alcohol from, attempting to make off with a fifth of spiced rum on Tuesday, January 22. He was caught and charged with burglary.

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