A 37-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested in Santa Monica on Friday, Oct. 31 after being caught stealing a power adapter from an Apple store.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the store at 1415 Third Street Promenade at 6:33 pm on this day in order to investigate the report of theft.
Upon arrival at what some may describe as the large, Crystal Cathedral style temple of technology, the officers spoke with the loss prevention agents who had detained the suspect.
These agents told the officers the suspect had entered the store and had perused various products including a power adapter and an external disk drive.
The suspect had then apparently replaced the external disk drive but had departed the store with the power adapter without attempting to pay for it.
The suspect had then walked briskly in a northbound direction along the promenade followed closely by the loss prevention agents.
The suspect was, however, detained by the loss prevention agents at the corner of Third Street and Santa Monica Boulevard and subsequently returned to the store where the power adapter was retrieved.
The officers recognized the suspect as being an individual who had been the cause of more than 50 calls for service for municipal code violations along the promenade.
The man was arrested and charged with theft. Bail was set at $1,000.
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.