On Friday, August 27, at 10 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called to the Santa Monica Place Mall in response to a report of two men who were stealing bicycles.
When they arrived at the scene the officers spoke with the security personnel who told them that they had observed two men who had been using bolt cutters to cut bicycle locks.
This sparked the interest of the security personnel because they evidently knew that typically owners of bicycles do not do this.
The security personnel detained these two men until the officers arrived, at which point they handed them over to the custody of the officers.
These two men, who turned out to be brothers living in Los Angeles, aged 20 and 18 years respectively, were arrested, and each one was charged with petty theft, possession of burglary tools, and probation violations.
Their bail was set at $10,000 each.
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
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