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Alert Police Blotter: Overdressed.

Homeless Man Arrested At Santa Monica T.J. Maxx Store After Stealing Winter Clothes

Posted Dec. 5, 2013, 7:48 am

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

A 28-year-old homeless man was arrested on Saturday, Nov. 23 after visiting a Santa Monica T.J. Maxx store, trying on pants, a jacket, pair of gloves, and beanie, and then leaving the store without paying.

Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to T.J. Maxx at 1251 Fourth Street at 7:30 pm on this day in order to investigate a theft report.

The officers had been given a description of the suspect and apprehended a man fitting the description in the area.

The officers then spoke with the loss prevention agent from the store and he said that this man had entered the store and put a pair of dress pants over the top of his own pants, put on a jacket, pair of gloves, and a beanie hat (valued at $69.96).

The man then left the store, with the watchful loss prevention agent in hot pursuit.

The loss prevention agent then called the police and alerted them to the situation.

The officers arrested this homeless man and he was charged with theft. Bail was set at $1,000.

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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Dec. 5, 2013, 6:16:26 pm

Jane said...

I know he shouldn't have been stealing but what kind of f'd up place do we live in where rich Santa Monicans can blow an entire average person's annual salary on Christmas while this guy has to shoplift to stay warm at night? I know, how dare I suggest that we spread the wealth around. I personally would rather my taxes go to social programs that endless war.

Dec. 6, 2013, 9:11:34 pm

Sara Bock said...

It is cold outside, and rather than arrest him, they should have offered a resource where he could get warm clothes. This is a very sad and heartless story. very shameful.

Dec. 6, 2013, 9:28:25 pm

Bebe said...

To Jane and Sara. SM gets federal funds to help the homeless. I am VERY aware of what's going on with their situation. Most of them they are mentally unstable due to drugs and alcohol. The City provides warm clothes and blankets. There is NO reason to steal. Many of the high end stores in the Mall they have an everyday issue like this with the transients. All the stores they pay high rent, high taxes to the City. On top of that, is OK to steal their products? If you are so concern, just help them with your own clothes.

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