Construction workers helped in the arrest of a Santa Monica woman who was seen leaving a home with stolen expensive items on Thursday, July 16.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a report at 8:25 am that the victim of a possible burglary was in pursuit of a suspect in the 1800 block of 20th Street.
The officers rushed to the scene.
The officers initially spoke with the victim who told them that some construction workers, who had arrived earlier at her residence in order to perform some work, had noticed the suspect, a woman wearing a hooded sweatshirt and jeans, leaving the residence.
She added that the construction workers, suspicious about the validity of this woman’s presence at the home, had texted her a picture of the woman and when she realized that the woman was a stranger she had returned home.
The victim then followed the suspect while summoning the police.
The responding officers apprehended the suspect nearby a few moments later.
The officers searched the suspect and discovered that she was in possession of several items belonging to the victim, including a laptop computer, a camera, a pair of cufflinks, and some mail addressed to the homeowner.
The officers arrested this 42-year-old Santa Monica resident and she was charged with burglary with numerous outstanding warrants also being taken into account.
Bail was set at $59,614.
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.