A 41-year-old Santa Monica resident was arrested on Friday, Jan. 31 after writing a bad check that bounced at an auto body shop.
This story began on Nov. 19, 2013, when officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to an auto body shop located in the 1600 block of 14th Street in order to investigate a report of a woman writing a bad check in the amount of $2,830.69.
The officers learned that the woman had written the check to the owner of the company after he had performed work on her car.
The check had bounced, and despite repeated attempts by the company owner to recover the funds from the woman, she had not complied.
The case was sent to the desk of a detective and he conducted a search warrant of the suspect’s bank account and discovered that on the date that she wrote the check she did not have sufficient funds to cover the amount.
This constituted the crime of passing a fictitious check with the intent to defraud, and the detective obtained a warrant for her arrest.
This resident was arrested and charged with the aforementioned crime on Jan. 31. Her bail was set at $5,000.
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.