On Friday, Sept. 23, at 1:53 a.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the Santa Monica Bistro, located at 2301 Santa Monica Boulevard, in order to investigate a burglary.
When they arrived at the scene the officers noticed that a window had been smashed, and the door was ajar.
The officers viewed the surveillance footage and concluded someone had smashed the window and entered the location.
The premises were not vacant.
The officers investigated further and as they were doing so they chanced upon a man who was walking along Santa Monica Boulevard at 12th Street.
The officers stopped this man and he immediately informed them that it was he who had broken into the bistro.
He explained exactly how he had done this, and the officers knew at once that he was not lying because his story corresponded exactly with the surveillance film that they had watched showing the incident taking place.
The officers arrested this homeless and forthcoming 63-year-old, and he was charged with burglary.
His bail was set at $20,000.
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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