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On Thursday, Jan. 6, at 5:10 a.m., officers arrested a man for trespassing on a property in the 1600 block of Colorado Avenue.

The day before, officers had been called to the location in response to a report that a person was trespassing on the property. Officers contacted the subject and told him that he could not be on the property, as a representative of the owner had signed a trespass authorization letter to arrest anyone found on said property. On that occasion the officers did not arrest him, but they gave him contact information for homeless services and the address of a cold-weather shelter. The officers also gave him a citation for possession of a shopping cart (sans shopping, it’s fair to assume?). The next day, at the aforementioned time, the officers returned to the location and saw that the man was there again, and that’s why they arrested and charged him for trespassing, as well as other warrants. The bail for this 35-year-old transient was set at $1,250.

All Fired Up!

On Thursday, Jan. 6, at 10:24 p.m. officers went to the 1100 block of Ocean Park Boulevard to assist the Fire Department with an intoxicated individual. The Fire Department personnel were at the location in response to a report of a gas leak. While they were in the process of checking the area they were alerted by a citizen about the presence of an intoxicated man in the area. The Fire Department personnel approached the intoxicated man and advised him that he needed to go home. The intoxicated man then stood up and attempted to hit them with a closed fist. The Fire Department personnel deflected this attack, then called the police.

After hearing this from the Fire Department personnel, the officers approached the intoxicated man and noticed that he was indeed very drunk, and also belligerent. The officers told the intoxicated man that he was under arrest for public intoxication, at which point the man informed them that if they “twisted his arm, he was going to resist.” The officers placed the man in handcuffs, and as they were doing so, he began to yell expletives suggesting that the officers were farm animals, namely pigs. The intoxicated man then attempted to pull away in order to prevent the officers from placing him in the handcuffs. This 27-year-old man was handcuffed however, and was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. The bail for this intoxicated man, who also refused to disclose his address to the officers, was set at $10,000.

Junk Mail?

This incident began on Dec. 31, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. when officers went to the 800 block of Pacific Street responding to a report of mail theft. Upon arrival the victim told the officers that he had been on vacation, and had requested the post office to hold his mail until he returned. When he returned from his vacation he had arrived home to find a homeless woman sitting on his front porch. He confronted this woman and informed her that he lived at the residence. She told him that it was she who was the resident, and that she had been getting her mail there.

The victim then went to the post office and was advised that his mail had not been held, and was delivered to his residence in the normal fashion. The victim returned home and asked neighbors if they had seen any of his mail, to which they replied, “no.” At that juncture the victim furnished the officers with a description of the homeless woman. The officers believed they knew who this woman was, and so, when they were again called to the location on Thursday, Jan. 6, at 12:20 p.m. they knew whom to look for. The victim told the officers on that day that the woman had returned, but had left when he confronted her. She had, however, forgotten to take two of her bags, and upon arrival the officers searched the bags and discovered material that belonged to the victim, as well as items that belonged to another female. The officers found the homeless woman in the 2000 block of Lincoln Boulevard and discovered that she possessed credit and gift cards in the name of the victim’s girlfriend. The homeless woman continued her tales of fantasy by telling the officers that the name on the cards was her name. The officers arrested this 46-year-old homeless woman and charged her with possession of stolen property and fraudulent possession of credit cards. Her bail was set at $20,000.

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