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Burglar Arrested After Santa Monica Store Owner Spots Suspect Riding Stolen Bicycle:

A Bakersfield man was arrested on Wednesday, July 29, after smashing a glass window and stealing a high-end bicycle from a Main Street business.

The arrest came about after the 36-year-old suspect was seen riding the stolen bicycle in Culver City and spotted by the storeowner who was on his way to meet with police in Santa Monica.

Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department had cause to contact the manager of a bicycle store located in the 2800 block of Main Street at 6:20 am on this day due to the fact that the store alarm had been triggered as a result of the front window of the store having been smashed.

The alarm company had notified the owner of the store as well as the Santa Monica Police Department.

The officers also had information that suggested that the display bicycle that had been in the window area had been taken by the person who had smashed said window.

After the police had spoken with the store manager, the store manager contacted the storeowner who, due to the unique design of the bicycle that had been on display, had coincidentally spotted the suspected thief riding the bicycle in the area of Sepulveda Boulevard and Pigot Street at that moment.

The storeowner had been driving to the store after having been contacted by the alarm company.

The storeowner was, at the time that the store manager had called, in his car following the suspect.

The storeowner had also contacted the Los Angeles Police Department who located and detained the suspect shortly afterwards.

The Los Angeles Police Department officers checked with the owner of the store who confirmed that the serial number of the conveyance that the suspect was in possession of matched that of the one taken from the window display of the store.

Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department arrived at the location and arrested this man and later charged him with burglary, possession of burglary tools, and a violation of probation. Bail was not granted.

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.

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