Santa Monica police officers arrested a 27-year-old Newport woman on multiple charges on July 27 for stealing a Porsche and possessing a number of stolen credit cards.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were on routine patrol on the afternoon of the arrest making sure that the streets of Santa Monica were safe when their Automatic License Plate Reader identified the license plate of the stolen vehicle at 5:13 p.m. driving northbound on Main Street.
The officers were able to confirm the Porsche was stolen from Los Angeles resident six weeks earlier on June 14 and stopped the vehicle, detaining the two occupants, a male passenger, and a female driver.
Additional officers then arrived at the scene just in case of things got out of hand.
The woman, after being told the Porsche had been reported stolen, admitted taking the luxury car without consent and insisted her male passenger was innocent and had no knowledge she was a car thief, so to speak.
The officers contacted the Porsche’s owner who confirmed he knew the woman, but had no idea that she had stolen the car.
Since the owner was desirous of a prosecution, the officers arrested this 27-year-old resident of Newport, California.
The officers then searched the woman’s property and discovered a number of credit cards in another person’s name.
The officers did some checking and discovered that these credit cards were, like the Porsche, also stolen.
The woman was eventually charged with grand theft auto, receiving stolen property, and grand theft money.
Her bail was set at $85,000.
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.