Santa Monica police arrested two men responsible for a number of burglaries on Friday, Aug. 22 after their suspects caught their eye when they committed a traffic violation.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department who were on routine patrol in an unspecified area of Santa Monica at 6:30 pm on this day observed a vehicle make a traffic violation, so they stopped the vehicle in order to chat with the driver.
The officers looked inside the vehicle and saw multiple cell phones, computers, identification cards, and empty wallets.
The presence of these items inside the car made the officers suspicious so they investigated further.
The officers discovered that these items were stolen as a result of burglary activity.
These burglaries had previously been individually reported to the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Unified School District.
The officers arrested the two occupants of the vehicle (aged 30 years with bail set at $30,000 and 33 years with no bail granted) and they were charged with receiving stolen property.
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.