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Sheriff helps nab Folsom robbery suspects

By July 5, 2011

While on the campaign trail, El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini spoke often about the importance of the county’s top cop actually being out on the streets.

Last week, the sheriff walked the talk, as he and a deputy helped the Folsom Police Department apprehend three burglary suspects armed with what at the time was believed to be a semi-automatic weapon.

At 2:40 p.m. Thursday, three suspects entered the Folsom BevMo at 2595 East Bidwell Street. Andy Gonzalez, 19, of Antelope, allegedly placed two large bottles of tequila inside of his shopping cart before meeting Nina Perez, 35, of Antelope and Catarina Garnica, 19, of Galt, at the back of the store.

Perez and Garnica are alleged to have put the tequila in their empty purses before the three left the store.

A BevMo employee who watched the incident approached the three suspects in the parking lot and asked for the merchandise.

Gonzalez then allegedly pulled a replica semi-automatic pistol on the employee, who retreated back into the store and called the Folsom Police Department.

An all-points bulletin was issued to neighboring agencies.

Approximately a half-hour later, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy and Sheriff D’Agostini saw a vehicle matching the description in the bulletin.

The suspect’s vehicle was pulled over into the parking lot of Placerville’s Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The sheriff and the deputy were able to detain the occupants without incident.

Inside of the vehicle, the stolen alcohol as well as the fake gun were recovered.

Gonzalez, Perez and Garnica were booked on suspicion of robbery and criminal conspiracy. The three were booked into the Sacramento County Jail.

Pictures of the suspects were not available as of press time.

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Jim Ratajczak

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