Two arrested are suspects in multiple crimes

Santa Monica police have arrested a man and a woman from Los Angeles who are suspected of committing as many as nine residential burglaries in the city.

Officers were called at 2:27 p.m. November 11th to an apartment complex in the 2800 block of Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, where a neighbor alleged that he saw a man and a woman look into an adjacent apartment window and try to open the front door, Sgt. Renaldi Thruston said.

The neighbor alleged that the male suspect removed a window screen and was later seen walking away from the apartment with a television. Realizing the actions of the two suspects were suspicious, the neighbor said he called police.

Officers quickly arrived at the scene and after a short foot pursuit, they located and detained both suspects, Thruston said. Police recovered a television and a laptop computer which had been taken during the incident in the complex’s laundry room and on a path and returned the items to the tenant, Thruston said. A vehicle was also impounded by police in the area.

Officers credited the neighbor’s actions with assisting in the suspects’ arrest.

“Because of the neighbor’s awareness and diligence, coupled with quick police response, the

suspected burglars were arrested before they could get away with the victim’s property,” Thruston said.

The suspects were identified as Jovani Manuel Morales, 25, and Joselyn Keny Galdamez, 30. Morales was booked for burglary, possession of stolen property and probation violation, and Galdamez was booked for burglary and probation violation, Thruston said.

The two suspects matched the description of suspects in a residential burglary in the 1700 block of California Avenue the previous week, Thruston said. They are believed to be responsible for as many as nine burglaries in Santa Monica, including one in the 1400 block of Idaho Avenue earlier on November 11th, as similar methods of operation were used in those incidents, Thruston said.

The burglaries involved mostly electronic items, but police have not determined a total loss from the incidents, he said.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Santa Monica Police Department detectives at (310) 458-8451, or the watch commander at (310) 458-8427. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the We Tip hotline at (800) 782-7462 (800) 78-CRIME.

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