On Thursday, June 23, at 11:49 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were called to attend to a vehicle burglary that was in progress in the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue. As the officers were en route to the location they were informed that the suspect had been seen breaking into vehicles the previous week in the same area.
When the officers arrived at the scene they scanned the area, caught sight of, and identified the suspect, and then stopped him. They soon determined that the man was an at-large parolee, so they placed him under arrest and began to search him. They found, not surprisingly, some stolen items on this man’s person.
The officers were able to identify the victim from these items, and then validated that assumption by showing the items to the victim. She confirmed to the officers that her vehicle had been broken into.
This 46-year-old resident of Los Angeles was carted off to jail where he was charged with vehicular burglary, receiving stolen property, and being a parolee at large. He was not given bail.
Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a 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 of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com