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Alert: Police Blotter Santa Monica:

That’s a Gotcha

Tuesday, July 24 at 3:10 p.m. – Pier Avenue and 21st Street – Officers patrolling the Sunset Park neighborhood because of the recent number of burglaries in the area noticed a vehicle they had observed before, and they were about to make a traffic stop (heavily tinted windows) when the driver pulled over to the curb, got out and started to walk away. Officers detained the gentleman and asked for identification. He had none on his person, and when the police went into the car to retrieve his I.D. from the console, they detected the strong aroma of marijuana. A check on his driver’s license showed it to be suspended/revoked. A subsequent-search-of-the-vehicle turned up a “throwing knife” (5-inch double-edged dagger), 2-way portable radios, latex gloves, a set of lock-picks and some slim jims. He was arrested on a probable cause burglary investigation, and for possession of burglary tools, possession of dangerous weapons, possession of marijuana…and driving with a suspended/revoked license.

And Another Gotcha

Wednesday, August 8 at 12:20 p.m. – 1200 block of 14th Street – Neighbors called the police and said they saw a man pull up in a Mercedes and enter an empty residence. (He removed a padlock to get in, they said.) Responding officers detained the man, who said he had been dropped off by the owner to make repairs. Neighbors supplied the officers with the owner’s phone number, and he replied that he had no knowledge of the man or his presence at the residence. The officers found Mercedes keys in the house, but the fellow denied any knowledge of the car [which was parked outside and which witnesses had seen him drive up in]. Police ran the plates, and identified the owner as a car dealership, which said the car was at the mechanic’s. The mechanic said the car was at the dealer’s. The man was arrested on a grand theft auto investigation and for trespass.

They Didn’t Get Her

Tuesday, August 7 at 2:20 p.m. – 1600 block of 11th Street – A woman went from her place of employment to a catering truck to get some food, and on her way back she was accosted by two men who grabbed her, pushed her into some bushes and made lewd remarks. She broke free, went back to her job and called the police, who found the men and arrested them for kidnapping with intent to rape.

Arson? Not.

Thursday, August 9, morning – 2300 block of Main Street – Police and fire departments received a morning call from restaurant employees who suspected arson on the premises. Turned out that workers the previous night had been cleaning and put rags soaked with ginseed in a hamper of rags soaked with other stuff that caused combustion without flame, but a definite “burning” smell and sensation.

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