On Sunday, Dec. 11, at 10:13 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the Apple Store at 1248 Third Street Promenade in order to investigate a fraud attempt.
The officers received a description of the suspects via radio, and they located them a few minutes later as they (the suspects) were attempting to leave parking structure two.
During the stop, the driver presented a fake driver’s license that was in the name of another person.
The female suspect (passenger) was then discovered hiding under some boxes in the back seat of the truck. The officers searched the vehicle and discovered a number of fake identification documents in the names of several unknown people.
Furthermore, the female suspect was found to be in possession of several fraudulent credit cards, and also appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The Apple Store did not lose any items during the course of this incident.
The officers arrested the pair and they were taken to jail where the following charges were applied: Unauthorized use of personal identity/mail theft, possession of fraudulent DMV documents, possession of fraudulent access cards, forgery of public seals, and forgery for the male, aged 28, and a resident of Simi Valley (no bail).
The female was charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, obtaining money by fraud, possession of fraudulent access cards, and possession of counterfeit access cards. Her 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.