On Sunday, March 25, at 7:02 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to Nordstrom’s, located at 220 Broadway in regard to a fraud suspect who was in custody at the store.
When the officers arrived, they spoke with the Loss Prevention Agents who said a man had entered the store and had attempted to purchase $3,128 worth of merchandise. This man had provided the sales associate with a fraudulent identification accompanied by a social security number in the name of the victim.
The Loss Prevention Agents had confronted this man who immediately confessed to the crime.
The officers placed this man under arrest and took him off to jail where he was charged with burglary, forging an official seal, using a false check, possession of identification to commit forgery, unlawful use of an access account, and obtaining credit using another person’s identification.
The bail for this 27-year-old Los Angeles resident was set at $16,872 more than the value of the goods that he had attempted to fraudulently obtain, namely $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.