Santa Monica police say they have arrested a man they allege is responsible for at least 16 commercial burglaries in the city between late April and early this month.

Officers arrested Herbert Orlando Allen at about 3 a.m. Sunday, July 2nd, following a brief foot chase in the 2400 block of Broadway in Santa Monica, police said.

Allen, who matched the description of a burglary suspect previously observed on surveillance video, was seen bicycling away from an area where there had been a “rash” of commercial burglaries, police alleged.

As the officers chased Allen, they were informed that a commercial burglary alarm had been activated at a nearby bicycle shop.

When Allen was caught by police and arrested, it was determined that the bicycle he was riding had just been stolen from the bicycle shop, police alleged.

A follow-up investigation by Santa Monica police detectives indicates that Allen, who is on parole for previous burglary and theft convictions, is responsible for at least 16 commercial burglaries in Santa Monica between April 30th and July 2nd, police alleged.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed five counts of commercial burglary against Allen.

Allen is linked to at least ten similar burglaries that occurred in the West Los Angeles area, Santa Monica police who worked with the Los Angeles Police Department in the investigation allege.

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