On Sunday, Sept. 25, at 8:54 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the Ozumo restaurant located in the Santa Monica Place Mall in response to a report of a man who was refusing to leave.
Upon arrival at the scene the officers spoke with the security personnel who were detaining the suspect in this case.
The officers learned that this suspect had used another person’s credit card with which to settle the bill for a number of bar tabs that he had opened.
The officers spoke with the suspect and he told them that he had been using the card because it had been mailed to him. He said that he had never bothered to check the name on the card. The suspect had said that he had paid one bill for just “a couple of dollars,” but had decided to leave a $150 tip.
The officers determined that this man had used the card at a number of other locations and they arrested this 35-year-old Los Angeles resident for forgery. His bail was set at $41,000. Credit cards not accepted.
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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