On Thursday, Feb. 17, at 2:35 p.m., officers went to the Rite-Aid store, located on the 2400 block of Pico Boulevard, in response to a report of a suspected thief who was being detained in custody at the location.
When they arrived at the store, the officers spoke with the loss prevention agent, who advised the officers that this gentleman had entered the store, and then removed two pairs of sunglasses (valued at $41.08), detached the price tags, and put them into his pants. The man had then removed two eye shadows (valued at $11.98), and placed those items into his jacket.
This shady character had then allegedly left the store without paying for these items. At that point, the loss prevention agent had confronted the man and escorted him back into the store in order to shine some light on the matter. After hearing all of the illuminating evidence from the store staff, the officers accepted the citizen’s arrest of the suspect, and this 48-year-old resident of Venice was charged with petty theft. His day was further darkened when the officers tagged a parole violation charge on to the theft allegation. His bail was set at $10,000.
Editor’s Note: This report is part of 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 the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.