Teen caught trying to steal alcohol twice at the same store

A 15-year-old boy returned to the same store twice in one day to steal some alcohol when he was arrested by responding officers

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VISALIA – Lazy, distracted, and unmotivated are common words used to describe the current generation of youth. But if a recent crime report is any indication, misguided might be the most appropriate term.

At 6:30 p.m. on March 1, a 15-year-old boy was caught trying to steal alcohol from the Save Mart at Demaree Street and Noble Avenue. When security attempted to stop him, the teen pulled a knife on the security guard and threatened to kill him. The teen slashed the knife at the guard before running out of the store without the alcohol. 

With Visalia Police officers now on scene, the teen decided to return to Save Mart, yes, the same store, and attempted to steal alcohol again. When officers spotted him, he was able to hang onto the merchandise and run from the store. The officers ran the teen down and took him into custody. 

The boy was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where no injuries were found and he was medically cleared for booking. While walking the suspect back to the patrol car, the teen fled from officers again. He was again apprehended after a short foot chase. The teen was ultimately booked at the Juvenile Detention Facility for assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, brandishing, burglary, resisting arrest, and attempted escape. All stolen property was returned to the business.


Visalia Police Log

Friday, March 1
At 12:17 p.m. in the 1600 block of N. Court in Visalia, officers responded for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. According to the victim, 31-year-old Louis Ramirez began arguing with an adult female. During the argument, Ramirez poked the woman in the back with a knife, causing a minor visible injury, and then punctured one of the tires on her car before fleeing the area. Ramirez was later located in the 300 block of NW 3rd and positively identified as being responsible for the injuries to the victim. He was booked at the Tulare County Pre-trial facility for charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

Sunday, March 3
At 4:17 a.m. in the area of Ben Maddox Way and Noble Avenue, officers conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle for expired registration. During the stop the driver, 31-year-old Warren Sorondo, was found to be unlicensed and in possession of a loaded, concealed firearm. Sorondo is a convicted felon which prohibits him from owning or possessing firearms. An additional subject, 34-year-old Armando Garcia, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false information. Sorondo was booked at the Tulare County Adult Pre-trial Facility for numerous firearms related charges. Garcia was cited and released at the scene.

Monday, March 4
At 2:10 a.m. at the Majestic Inn, 4545 W. Noble Ave., a patrol officer contacted a suspicious person, 31-year-old Isaiah Torres, who then pushed the officer and ran away. After a short foot pursuit and a brief struggle, the officer was able to catch Torres who had a loaded handgun. A records check showed that Torres had an outstanding felony warrant and was out of custody on bail. He was booked at the Pre-Trial Facility on the felony warrant and several firearms related charges. The officer was not injured in the altercation.

At 5:56 a.m., officers received a call of a burglar alarm at the Oropel, a clothing store located at 1323 E. Houston Ave. Upon arrival, officers learned an unknown suspect had forcibly entered the business, smashed a display case, stole the jewelry inside, and then fled the scene. The total amount of loss is pending. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Visalia Police Department. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the tip line at 559-713-4738.

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