A 22-year-old female resident of Santa Monica was arrested for strong-arm robbery after fleeing from a Von’s Supermarket that she attempted to steal beer and Red Bull from.
On Tuesday, March 3, at 1:50 pm, officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the Von’s at 710 Broadway to investigate a theft.
When the officers arrived they spoke with a store employee who told the officers what had happened.
The employee explained that a woman had entered the store carrying a large purse.
The employee added that he had noticed that the woman had placed two bottles of beer and a can of Red Bull inside the purse before heading toward an exit.
The employee then told the officers that he had yelled for another employee to cover an exit that the suspect was headed toward and that the second employee had done just that, but that the suspect ran into the second employee and knocked her over.
The employee then explained that the suspect had then run toward another exit door where a third employee had tried to apprehend her.
The suspect, according to the employee, had run past the third employee but the third employee had managed to grab hold of the purse strap, which then broke.
The suspect had then run out of the store and away from the area leaving the third employee holding the purse.
The officers looked inside the purse and discovered several documents, including an ID that led them to an address in Santa Monica.
The officers arrived at the address, spoke with the suspect and then arrested her. She was granted bail in the amount of $5,000.
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.