Santa Monica police tracked down and arrested three men in Montebello on Wednesday, May 8 after they smashed into a car and stole an iPhone and other belongings.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Dept. (SMPD) were called out to a car port at the rear of an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Princeton Street at 4:30 p.m. on this day in order to investigate a burglary report.
Upon arrival they spoke with the victim who told them that she had returned that morning to discover that the front passenger side window of her automobile had been smashed. She said that she had looked inside the vehicle and noticed that numerous items were missing from the center console, such as an iPhone, charger, sunglasses, and credit card.
The victim told the officers that she had been able to track the iPhone to an address in Montebello. The officers conducted a follow up and subsequently three suspects were arrested from the address.
The three men, aged 36, of La Habra, aged 48, of Montebello, and aged 27, also of Montebello, were charged with a variety of offenses including grand theft, conspiracy, felony probation violation, and receiving stolen property. The first two suspects were denied bail, but the 27-year-old was granted bail in the sum of $45,000.
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.