Police wait out thieves, make two arrests

July 15, 2013 

— A little patience paid off for Sonora police, who waited while two thieves allegedly stole more than $700 of merchandise from a local store Sunday.

According to police, loss prevention staff from Walmart called authorities at 4:15 p.m., reporting two men exhibiting “suspicious behavior”.

Police said the men, later identified as Charles Bowers, 23, and Bart Salazar, both of Sonora, had put merchandise including electronics, beer and clothes, in shopping cart.

They then took shopping bags from a closed checkout area and walked to a separate part of the store, where they put the merchandise in the bags. They went through a checkout stand and paid for a single pack of cigarettes, then left the store with the cart full of stuff.

Outside, officers arrested both without incident on charges of burglary and conspiracy. Bowers also was arrested on two outstanding warrants on theft and another for vandalism charges. They were booked into Tuolumne County Jail.

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