A Family Man
Thursday, September 27 at 2:30 p.m. – Ralph’s market at Cloverfield and Olympic Boulevards – A man went into the store with his three children aged one, three, and nine years. As they walked up and down the aisles, the man placed some of his selections in his shopping cart and other selections in his nine-year-old son’s backpack. When they reached the checkout area, dad told the boy to go on ahead and they’d meet up outside. Store security – which had been observing the whole operation – detained the boy outside, and when dad came to investigate, they detained him as well. The police were summoned. There was $790 in merchandise in the backpack (including 27 Oil of Olay products at $22 a pop). The man was arrested for commercial burglary; the children were referred to the Department of Children and Family Services.
The Bicycle Thieves
Thursday, September 27 at 9:55 p.m. – 2000 block of Ocean Avenue – A resident drove into the gated subterranean garage of his building and saw two people – a man and a woman – whom he did not recognize, apparently hiding. He saw a fellow tenant in the stairwell, said, “Call the cops,” and then returned to the garage where the strangers had left, taking two bicycles that he recognized as belonging to a fellow tenant. He picked up their trail and followed on foot, and responding officers caught up with all of them and detained the suspects at 4th Street and Broadway. The suspects had two bicycles (and bolt cutters too). The owner of the bicycles taken from the Ocean Avenue building was contacted and came to the scene, but was only able to identify one of the bicycles as his. The two suspects were arrested for burglary. About an hour later, follow-up investigation by the police led to the arrest of another man at 7th Street and Broadway who was riding the second bicycle stolen from the Ocean Avenue building. Police are still seeking the owner of the odd bicycle.
Friday, September 28 at 11 p.m. – 900 block of 4th Street -– A neighborhood resident called police to report a “suspicious vehicle” which the resident had seen in the same alley location on other occasions. The observant citizen supplied police with the license number of the car; the police ran the plates; and… Right – stolen! Police responded and arrested a man and a woman, driver and passenger, both of Los Angeles, for grand theft auto. She was also booked for violation of Penal Code section 148 (“Every person who willfully resists, delays, or obstructs any…peace officer…in the discharge or attempt to discharge any duty of his or her office…”) – apparently for giving false information.