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Half The Man He Used To Be.

On Thursday, July 28, at 1:24 a.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were on a routine patrol on the streets of Santa Monica when they received a radio call informing them that there was a possible burglary in progress at a residence in the 2500 block of 4th Street. The officers sped to the location and when they arrived they spotted a man’s legs hanging out of a broken window of the kitchen area of an apartment. The other half of this man’s body was inside the kitchen area of the apartment. The officers approached this man, tapped him on his legs and asked him what he was doing. The man exited the broken window and told the officers that he was attempting to break into the apartment in order to steal a variety of items. Based upon the evidence and the man’s statement the officers arrested this 26-year-old Los Angeles resident and he was charged with burglary. Bail was set at $20,000.

Window Undressing.

On Sunday, July 24, at 8:01 p.m. officers from the Santa Monica Police Department received a request from the Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD) for assistance. The officers were told that the SMFD were detaining a man who had possibly committed acts of vandalism and battery. The officers went to the scene and investigated. The officers concluded that the suspect, a 33-year-old homeless man, had deliberately kicked on the window of Chu Nin’s Hair Salon located at 318 Wilshire Blvd. A witness had seen this happen just as a SMFD fire engine had been passing by the property and had flagged the fire engine down. Apparently as the fire engine came to a halt the suspect had thrown himself down onto the sidewalk and had laid there prone with his arms and legs spread out. The estimated damage to the window was approximately $1,000. The officers arrested this homeless man and he was charged with vandalism. Bail was set at $20,000.

No Need For Sniffer Dogs.

On Sunday, July 24, at 2:15 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to investigate an incident involving a man who had allegedly urinated and defecated in public in the area of the 100 block of Broadway. The officers went to the location and as they arrived they met with a witness who had observed the suspect perform the aforementioned anti-social and illegal acts. The witness pointed at the suspect as well as the evidence and the officers then questioned the suspect. Although there was no convenient DNA test available at the scene that would definitively tie the evidence with the suspect, based upon the interviews with the witness and the suspect the officers arrested this 30-year-old homeless man and he was charged with urinating and defecating in public. Due to pre-existing medical conditions the suspect was released after being cited.

She Was Full Of Beans.

On Monday, July 25, at 3:46 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a radio call informing them that there had been a suspected armed commercial burglary at Tilly’s Clothing Store located at 1426 Third Street Promenade. When the officers arrived at the location they spotted the suspect from a description they had been given. The suspect was apprehended in the 200 block of Third Street Promenade and detained while the officers investigated. The officers learned that this woman had entered Tilly’s and had grabbed a pair of scissors that had been positioned next to the register at the front of the store. The suspect had then selected numerous items of clothing, taken the merchandise to the fitting rooms, cut off the security tags and exited the store without paying for said items. The suspect had then been seen to enter another emporium of fashion accessories, Chilli Beans, and remove merchandise from that location, again without attempting to pay for the items. The officers arrested this 30-year-old homeless woman and she was charged with commercial burglary. Bail was set at $500.

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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