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Alert: Police Blotter: Santa Monica:

Mid Night Robbery

Friday, July 18 at 5:19 a .m. – 2300 block of 22nd Street – Officers responded regarding a report of a residential robbery that occurred earlier that morning at about 3:30 a.m. An elderly woman awoke to the sound of an intruder who was inside her residence. He rummaged through her house and stole several personal items. Detectives have not verified how the man entered the residence. The woman was not injured during the robbery.

The suspect is described as medium height, thin build, unknown race, wearing dark clothing with a dark mask covering his face. No weapon was seen. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Santa Monica Police Department Detectives at 310.458.8451 (M – F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or the Watch Commander at 310.458.8427 (24 hours). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the WeTip hotline at 800.78.CRIME (27463).

National Night Out

The Santa Monica Police Department and Chief Timothy Jackman are hosting a ‘National Night Out’ Against Crime block party in front of the Public Safety Facility located at 333 Olympic Drive on Tuesday, August 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sponsored for the last 25 years by the National Association of Town Watch, ‘National Night Out’ is a nationwide event in which over 11,000 communities participate to promote community safety and build upon the relationship between police and community.

Last year’s event had a 1950s theme and was a rollicking good time. This year’s event will have a carnival theme and include a rock climbing wall, a dunk tank, and carnival games with prizes. There will be live performances from a neighborhood rock band, a ballet folklorico dance recital, and a Police Activities League (PAL) martial arts demonstration. In attendance will be McGruff the Crime Dog, Smokey Bear, the SMPD Special Entry Team, the K-9 Unit, the Motor (as in motorcycle) Unit, and the Mounted (as in horses) Patrol Unit, along with other units and members from the Santa Monica Police and Fire Departments.

Everyone is invited to the free event; the first 500 persons to register will receive a button, balloon, flashlight, and an opportunity to win a raffle prize. Food and drinks will be provided. Free parking will be available in the new Civic Center Parking Structure located directly across the street from the Public Safety Building. Olympic Drive will be closed to traffic between 4th and Main Streets so that everyone can join in the fun.Some of the sponsors for this year’s event include the Santa Monica Police Officers’ Association, Claude Short Auto Sales, 7-Eleven (Lincoln and Pico), Trader Joe’s, Famima (Third Street Promenade), Ocean Park Pizza, and the Santa Monica Lion’s Club. For more information, please call the SMPD Community Relations Unit at 310.458.8474 or visit www.santamonicapd.org.

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