On Tuesday, May 20, at 10:40 a.m. motor patrol officers of the Santa Monica Police Dept. were in the area of 302 Colorado Avenue when they received a radio call informing them that a theft suspect had just left the Sears store, located nearby.
The officers sprang into action and located this suspect within a few seconds.
The officers took the suspect back to Sears and spoke with loss prevention agents who then identified the suspect.
The loss prevention officers also described how the suspect was observed inside the store picking up men’s watches and depositing them in a Whole Foods shopping bag.
The suspect then, they claimed, left the store without paying for the watches.
The officers searched the suspect and discovered that he was indeed in possession of 12 men’s watches that the loss prevention agents identified as being the property of Sears.
This 52-year-old homeless man was arrested and charged with theft. Bail was not granted.
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.