Bail was not granted to a homeless man on Friday, May 30 who was arrested after a Santa Monica police officer found the suspect hiding stolen credit cards in his shoes and socks.
An officer of the Santa Monica Police Department saw this suspicious looking individual at 5:20 pm on this day looking into a parked vehicle in the 1400 block of Lincoln Boulevard.
The officer subtly continued to observe this man as the man walked across the street and into the alley east of Lincoln Boulevard.
The officer then watched as this man peered into two other parked cars.
It appeared to the officer that this man was looking inside to see it there were any interesting objects inside, with the possible intent of burglarizing the vehicles.
Based upon the suspicious behavior from this suspicious looking man the officer stopped him to chat.
The officer noticed that this man had strange bulges in his socks and jacket pockets, and conducted a computer check on the individual.
This check revealed that the man had a $15,000 warrant for his arrest, the officer began searching him for any contraband.
The officer then found the suspect was carrying several tools, which could be used to break into vehicles, as well as several power cords and a digital camera.
Several credit cards were also found hidden in the suspect’s shoes and socks.
None of the cards had the suspect’s name on them.
The camera also did not contain any photos of the suspect, but, based on the images found on the memory card, did appear to belong to an unknown woman.
This 34-year-old homeless man was taken into custody and booked for possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
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.