Two robbery suspects were arrested on Saturday, May 23, after their suspicious behavior led police to find them in possession of a stolen BMW and an array of stolen items such as earrings.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department responded at 4:35 am to a burglary report in the 500 block of Alta Avenue.
The officers were told that a witness had seen a trio of Hispanic men wearing dark clothing entering and then exiting a residence in the area.
Approximately one hour later an alert Santa Monica citizen called the police department and reported that a number of individuals, all wearing black clothing, had been acting suspiciously around parked vehicles in the area of Seventh Street and Montana Avenue.
A police officer who was driving eastbound on best replica watches Montana Avenue spotted and detained a male Hispanic who was wearing a black hat, black gloves, black jacket, and black shorts in the same area that the suspicious people had been reported looking into parked vehicles.
Other officers, who had been investigating the suspicious individuals and a possible connection with the earlier residential burglary report involving people wearing dark clothing, had then discovered another suspect in the rear of the Chase Bank, located at 625 Montana Avenue.
This second suspect also matched the description that had been given to the police by the first witness.
The officers searched these men and discovered that one of them possessed a key fob from a BMW automobile, as well as a pair of earrings among other items that had been reported as being stolen during the burglary.
The officers had questioned these suspects and had learned as a result that the suspects had apparently driven to the area in a BMW that had been stolen a few hours earlier in Los Angeles.
The officers located the BMW nearby and discovered other items from the residential burglary inside the vehicle.
Forensic specialists then attended the scene and processed the vehicle for evidence, such as fingerprints, hair, strands of clothing, other possibly stolen items etc., and the two men were arrested and later charged with burglary and vehicle theft.
The first suspect, aged 27, and a Los Angeles resident was denied bail whilst the second, aged 20, and also of Los Angeles, was granted bail in the amount of $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.