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Alert Police Blotter: The Sting.

Santa Monica Police Arrest Homeless Man For Stealing Bicycling Under Surveillance

Posted Dec. 17, 2013, 9:14 am

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

A 31-year-old homeless man was arrested at 3:17 pm on Thursday, Dec. 5 after being caught stealing a bicycle that was under surveillance as part of a sting operation.

On this day, officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were dressed in plain clothes and driving unmarked vehicles as they set up an anti-theft operation focused on bicycle thefts.

One of the officers parked a bicycle outside a commercial building located in the 600 block of Wilshire Boulevard, then casually strolled away and into the building in a way that did not give any indication that he was a police officer involved in a sting.

The other officers kept watch in an unobtrusive fashion from a nearby location.

A few moments later the officers noticed a pair of suspects approach the bicycle.

One of these suspects continued past the bicycle but the second suspect stopped a few feet away from the bicycle, looked around the area in a suspicious manner, and then mounted the bicycle and began to ride it southbound off the sidewalk and onto Wilshire Boulevard.

The undercover officers then radioed other units positioned in the area and those units apprehended the suspect on the bicycle at the intersection of 10th Street and Wilshire Boulevard.

This man was arrested and charged with grand theft and a probation violation. Bail was not granted.

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. 17, 2013, 4:59:23 pm

Stuart M. said...

Yayyyyyy! It's about time bicycle theft is being taken seriously. This type of sting is so easy to set up. Next time they should put a GPS locator on the bike and find out where the stolen bicycles are being taken to. They'll probably find a lot of other stolen bikes!

Dec. 18, 2013, 12:39:14 am

Max said...

This is ridiculous. Shameful tactics. Nothing noble about this.

Dec. 18, 2013, 9:20:14 am

Steve O. said...

Max, you are a moron!

Dec. 18, 2013, 11:12:21 am

Joe said...

Nearly all crime in Santa Monica is homeless. When are we going to rid our city of all of these mentally ill homeless!

Dec. 18, 2013, 12:14:57 pm

Max said...

Steve, you are a blemish on humanity. Joe, you are no better than a nazi.

Dec. 18, 2013, 1:44:49 pm

Steve O. said...

Max, This upstanding citizen was jailed for steeling and a probation violation. Certainly most SM residents feel better with this low life off the street. As for you comment, clearly I stuck a nerve, perhaps you are one of those people out there feeding off the rest of us honest people and are feeling the pinch. How about this for a novel approach, If you don't own it, don't take it.

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