Bail was set at $250 for a 58-year-old homeless man on Friday, Jan. 17 for public drunkenness and lying to police about his identity.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to a 7-11 convenience store at the intersection of 16th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard at 12:14 am on this day, after they had received a report of a man who was attempting to purchase alcohol in spite of him being observed by the staff at the store of being in a state of noticeable inebriation.
When they arrived the officers spoke with a clerk at the 7-11 who said that the man had a history of stealing alcohol from the store.
The man, when the police inquired as to who he was, lied.
He told them he was a person who he wasn’t and as a result the officers arrested him for lying and being intoxicated in public.
When the officers searched this man they discovered a pint bottle of vodka, which was, unsurprisingly, half-empty, or surprisingly still half-full, depending upon one’s optimism, pessimism, or love of vodka?
This homeless man was charged with giving false information and public drunkenness.
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.