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Alert Police Blotter: Dropped Apple Leads To Charges.

Homeless Man Arrested After Prowling In Santa Monica Home

Posted Mar. 19, 2014, 9:04 am

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

Bail was set at $50,000 on Sunday, March 9 for a 41-year-old homeless man for entering a Santa Monica residence and stealing a laptop charger.

Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to Marine Terrace at 8:40 am on this day in order to investigate a person acting suspiciously and loitering around the yard area of a secured residential property.

Upon arrival the officers spoke with the tenant who had called the police. As they were searching the property they discovered that the suspicious person in question was still in the area.

The officers detained this person and noticed that he dropped an Apple device charger as they did so.

As they were questioning this suspect another neighbor arrived and said that she had seen this man the prior day.

She stated that she had been inside of her house breastfeeding her baby in the company of her other child when the front door opened and the subject had walked inside.

She said that she had yelled at the suspect to leave and that he had left but had stayed in front of her house standing on the sidewalk.

The neighbor told the officer that at that time she could see out of a window that the subject was telling her that he would return the laptop in return for some money.

She looked in the living room and noticed that her laptop was on the floor.

The officers asked her if she was missing the charger/adapter to her laptop. She checked and said that it was in fact missing.

The officers arrested this homeless man and he was charged with burglary.

Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of The Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website,

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Mar. 19, 2014, 11:11:19 am

Move along said...

This is false. We all know there are no homeless in Camp Santa Monica. Back to business!

Mar. 20, 2014, 10:49:03 am

John Doe said...

Tim is writing lazily again. How does "Breaking and Entering" become "Prowling"? In the mind of Tim Broughton! That's how! How is "Theft" an act of "stealing" in the present tense? The magical Tim Groughton, that's how! Burglary, now there's a legal term- the LAST WORD OF THE ARTICLE.

Mar. 20, 2014, 11:36:03 am

ted said...

Some homeless guy invaded my space a few days ago. I was in my garage and he seemed nice enough but terribly needy. Long story short: I gave him two bucks and said that was the end of the line, so he moved on. I'm not mad at him though. In this information economy, there should be created some honest work these men can do.

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