On Friday, Sept. 30, at 2:01 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the 300 block of Wilshire Boulevard after receiving a report of a man and a woman who were attempting to enter a parked vehicle using not a car key, but a coat hanger.
When the officers arrived at the location they detained a male and a female who they saw attempting to enter the passenger side door of a vehicle.
The male suspect attempted to fool the officers into believing that it was his car by giving the officers a false name.
The officers had no trouble in discovering that this name didn’t match the vehicle in question, and, given that there are over one hundred and thirty seven million cars, and over three hundred million people in the country, the chances of guessing the correct name for the car were very slim indeed, making such an enterprise virtually pointless.
The officers also discovered that these two were in possession of various items of clothing from different stores on the Third Street Promenade and that the clothes still had the security tags attached to them.
Needless to say the suspects did not have any receipts, and it was not difficult for the officers to discover that these clothes had not been paid for either.
The officers arrested this pair (male aged 42, of Los Angeles, and a female aged 27, also of Los Angeles), and they were taken to jail where they were each charged with burglary, conspiracy, and parole violations. Neither of them was granted 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.
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