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2 teens nabbed in botched beer theft and 2 assaults

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Two teens have been charged in connection with a botched beer run that included an assault on an off-duty Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy and a woman.

The teens, ages 17 and 18, allegedly waited in a getaway car while two juveniles entered a West Valley City Albertson's and walked out with a shopping cart filled with $95 worth of beer, charges filed Monday in 3rd District Court state. A concerned citizen approached the shopping cart pushers and told them she had called police. As she spoke, two other young males entered her vehicle and started hitting her. The foursome then fled with the beer, court documents state.

The off-duty officer noticed the incident and began following the fleeing car. When the four occupants saw the pursuing deputy they stopped their car and the two defendants went to the deputy's car, pulled him out and assaulted him with a rock, the charges state.

The foursome was later arrested and one of the two individuals charged Monday admitted he and the other defendant had assaulted the woman and the deputy, court documents state. The 17-year-old was charged as an adult because he previously had been deemed a serious youth offender. The pair was charged with robbery, a second-degree felony; aggravated assault, a third-degree felony and retail theft, a class A misdemeanor. They are both being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on $250,000 bail.