On Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 a.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to 2828 Pico Boulevard (The Santa Monica Convalescent Hospital) because they had received a report of a theft from a vehicle.
When the officers arrived, they spoke with the victim (an employee at the convalescent hospital) who told them that she had parked her vehicle at the front of the building and when she had returned in the morning, after assisting people convalesce during her night shift, discovered that some items were missing from the glove compartment. These items included her purse (and perhaps some gloves?).
The officers took a report, had a look around, but could not find any suspects at that time. About two and a half hours later, officers responded to a disturbance in the 3100 block of Pico Boulevard and detained a man who had been causing the disturbance.
The officers searched this man and low and behold discovered the items that had been stolen from the vehicle outside the convalescent hospital.
The officers arrested this 62-year-old homeless man and he was charged with grand theft, receiving stolen property, and a probation violation.
Bail was not granted.
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.