Two men aged in their early 20s were arrested on Friday, Oct. 10 after being caught breaking into vehicles in the Pico neighborhood.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were conducting surveillance operations in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue at 1 am on this day after police had noticed that there had been a spate of vehicle break-ins in the area.
The officers noticed a pair of suspicious individuals in area who appeared to be glancing into parked cars.
A few moments later the officers received a report that two men were sitting in a vehicle that didn’t belong to them.
The officers received descriptions of each of these suspects and immediately put two and two together and decided that these men could well be the pair of suspicious individuals that they had seen moments earlier.
The officers rushed to the scene nearby and detained the two men without incident.
The officers conducted further investigations and discovered that these two men were in possession of multiple items that the officers suspected had been taken from other vehicles in the neighborhood.
The officers then contacted the witness who had reported these two men and the witness positively identified this pair as the same men who had been sitting in his car that had been situated in his driveway.
These two men, one aged 23 and a resident of Santa Monica (no bail granted), and the other aged 22, and also a Santa Monica resident (bail set in the amount of $20,000), were arrested and charged with vehicular burglary.
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.