Three adults who allegedly tried to steal $280 in groceries form a Benicia store were arrested Friday and a baby that was in the getaway vehicle was turned over to Child Protective Services.
Demarco Coney, 19, from Benicia, Michael Scurlock, 20, of Pittsburg and Cheyenne Sanders, 20, of Fairfield, all were booked into the Solano County jail on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, felony child endangerment and being minors in possession of alcohol.
"This arrest was the result of Raleys security personnel contacting the Benicia Police in a timely manner, along with the efforts of the officers responding to the scene," Benicia police Lt. Frank Hartig wrote in a news release.
"Several of the officers happened to be in the right place at the right time," Hartig stated.
The crime was reported about noon at Raley's Supermarket, 890 Southampton Rd.
Two of the suspects were seen stuffing items into a backpack and duffel bag, including meat, alcohol and personal hygiene products, Hartig said.
Store employees called police, who quickly arrived and arrested the suspects as they ran away from the store, Hartig said.
An employee grabbed the door of the getaway vehicle to stop the driver from leaving but had to let go and the man -- identified as Sanders -- drove off with the vehicle door swinging open.
A 21-month-old baby was in a booster seat -- illegal for such a young child -- and police took the toddler away when the suspect returned to the scene.
He had gone to a nearby home to get the mother of one of the suspects, police said.