Despite the number of times such capers go awry, three people allegedly loaded a shopping cart at Safeway with bottles of alcohol and walked out without stopping by the checkout stand first, according to the Menlo Park police, who then arrested the trio for burglary on Saturday, April 11.
Store employees had observed the alleged burglary and called police. A Menlo Park officer caught up with the suspects around 3:50 p.m. after they loaded the reportedly stolen 15 bottles of champagne and two bottles of wine into a 1998 white Volkswagen Cabrio and drove away from the Sharon Heights grocery store, the report said.
The driver, 18-year-old Nicole Rangel of San Francisco, was also booked for alleged false identification, driving without a license and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to the police; she had a $35,000 arrest warrant for burglary in Belmont, and a $5,000 warrant for shoplifting in Marin County.
Passenger Mekias Andualem, a 19-year-old San Francisco man, allegedly gave a false name to police as well. The third suspect, 18-year-old Jose Jimenez of San Francisco, did not, according to the report.
All three were booked into San Mateo County Jail.