On Sunday, Oct. 16, at 6:01 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to Bloomingdale’s at 315 Colorado Avenue in response to a report of a theft suspect who had been detained by loss prevention agents at the store. When they arrived at Bloomindale’s they obtained from the loss prevention agents details about the events that had led to the man’s detention.
Apparently, the agents had seen a man put on a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, and walk out of the store as if he was blind to the existence of any checkout counters installed in the store. The agents then stopped this man outside, whereupon they spotted a female friend of the suspect (whom they had seen with him earlier in the store) approaching. This woman had attempted to obtain a refund for an item that had been bought using a stolen credit card. The agents had subsequently detained this female as well until the arrival of the police.
The officers investigated, and discovered that this pair had found a wallet earlier in Venice, and had decided to use a credit card that was contained within said wallet in order to buy some items. The officers also discovered that the female half of the duo had some ecstasy (the drug, not the mood). This pair were arrested and taken to jail where the man, aged 29, and a resident of Hollywood, was charged with burglary, as was the woman, aged 22, and a resident of Tempe, Arizona. They both had bail set at $20,000.