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Vodka thief drops bottles, leaves empty handed

Posted: January 6, 2013 5:22 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2013 5:23 p.m.
 

The botched theft of half a dozen vodka bottles from a Newhall grocery store Sunday ended up with three of the bottles being recovered and the other three smashed on the ground, a local sheriff’s spokesman said.

Shortly after 2 p.m., a man grabbed the six bottles of alcohol from the Vons store on Lyons Avenue at Wiley Canyon Road and ran to a getaway car, said Lt. Tom Bryski with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“We’re treating it as a burglary,” he said.

However, when the thief ran out of the store he dropped the bottles — smashing half of them.

A woman was reportedly waiting in the driver’s seat of the getaway car described as a gray Lexus sedan.

Both culprits are described as black, with the man estimated at 29 years old, Bryski said.

The car was last seen eastbound on Lyons Avenue.

jholt@signalscv.com

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