Three Marathon residents were arrested in the early morning hours for stealing beer and cigarettes from two convenience stores.
Deputies were dispatched to Dion’s Food Mart at 6203 Overseas Highway at 4:25 a.m. A clerk reported someone entered the store with a bandana on his face and stole two 12 packs of Heineken beer. The clerk said the suspect left in a white older model mini-van, traveling northbound.
A short time later, a clerk at the Shell gas station at 11100 Overseas Highway reported someone with a bandana on their face entered the store and stole a pack of Newport cigarettes. The clerk reported a similar vehicle description –a white older model mini-van.
Deputy Vince Weiner responded and saw a white mini-van in the area behind the Shell station, driving with no headlights. He saw the van pull into a home on 5th Avenue. He pulled behind the vehicle. Three people were inside. 26 year old James Beattie, 18 year old Bryan Echeverria and a 15 year old juvenile male all admitted to participating in the crimes. They all said Beattie was the one who wore the bandanna and went into the stores to steal the beer and cigarettes.
Beattie was charged with two counts each of theft and wearing a mask in the commission of the crime. Echeverria and the 15 year old were charged with two counts each of theft.