On Thursday, March 15, at 9 a.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were on patrol in the 2000 block of Main Street (at the time in a local business) when they were approached by a witness who told them a woman had crouched down between their vehicle that was parked outside, and another car, and had stabbed at two of the tires on the police vehicle causing them to puncture.
The woman had then walked away, the witness said, and it was then that the witness had entered the business in order to inform the officers. The officers radioed the act of vandalism to headquarters and then began to search for this vandal.
The officers eventually discovered the woman and after the witness had positively identified her, they took the wind out of her sails by detaining her in order to begin their investigation.
The officers searched this woman and discovered that she was in possession of a potato peeler (sans potatoes) and a pair of scissors.
This woman, her ego presumably somewhat deflated by that time, was arrested and charged with vandalism. The bail for this 43-year-old homeless woman was set at $1,000.
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.