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Beer run ended by police

Instead of drinking any of the beer they allegedly stole from a Ceres stores, four men were arrested and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail on Monday, April 6.

All four suspects were charged with robbery, said Ceres Police Department spokesman Lt. Chris Perry, because the beer was taken by force or by fear.

The theft occurred at 1:54 a.m. at the AM/PM convenience store at Whitmore Avenue and Ninth Street in Ceres. The clerk claimed that two men - later identified as Alex Gonzalez, 19, of Hilmar, and Jorge Gonzales, 20, of Modesto - came into the store and each ran out with a case of beer. When the clerk gave chase to the men who were head to the car driven by Daniel Ceja, 21, of Atwater, passenger Santos Marquez, 21, of Waterford, allegedly jumped out and threatened to shoot the clerk in the parking lot.

The suspects' car took off and struck a car entering the parking lot at the same time. The driver of that car started chasing the suspect as a phone call was made to 911. Police caught up ith the vehicle at Carpenter and Grayson roads where it was stopped. All four were taken into custody and arrested.

The clerk positively identified the men and all were charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Santos faces an addition charge of violating the terms of his probation.

Ceja faces added charge of misdemeanor hit and run.