Santa Monica police arrested a 43-year-old suspected Inglewood burglar on Tuesday, Dec. 30, after he was found in possession of a burglary tools.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department who were engaged in a special enforcement detail were informed via their technological surveillance equipment that a suspect vehicle had entered the city limits at 12:30 am.
The vehicle had been fitted with a GPS tracking device due to the fact that the driver and the vehicle had been previously identified as being involved in a burglary in Santa Monica in November 2014.
The officers tracked the vehicle to the area of Third Street and Hill Street where they conducted a traffic stop. They asked the driver of the vehicle if they could search the car and he gave permission for them to do so.
The officers searched said vehicle and discovered dark clothing, bolt cutters, a cordless drill, a tool bag, a flashlight, gloves, and several screwdrivers.
There was no evidence that this man was a stealthy handyman of some kind and all of the aforementioned items are of the kind that are typically utilized by burglars, especially the dark clothing, flashlight, and gloves.
The officers arrested this man and he was transported to jail where he was charged with the November burglary as well as possession of burglary tools. Bail was set at $50,000.
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.