11 people found hiding in motel after nearby liquor store break-in

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SAN DIEGO — Police spotted eleven people hiding inside a nearby motel after an overnight liquor store break-in, and all of them ended up in handcuffs after officers found bottles of booze inside their rooms.

An alarm company alerted police to a break-in at the Valley Liquor store on Hotel Circle South, near the Atwood Hotel, around 3:30 a.m. Friday. Officers arrived to find a door to the shop, which is connected to the motel’s pool area, wide open.

Police spotted a group of people peering through the windows of two motel rooms nearby. Officers headed up to the rooms and found 11 people, young men and women who appeared to be in their late teens to early 20s, with several bottles of liquor inside.

The whole group was detained, and one young man who fought back with officers was tackled and led to the back of a police car separately, San Diego Police Department said.

Two women were eventually arrested on suspicion of burglary, but their names and ages were not available.

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