ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO USE FAKE CHECK TO BUY ITEM

Police were called to a store in the 400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard at 1:11 p.m. Friday, July 4th, where a suspect had allegedly attempted to use a counterfeit check to buy a water purifier.

A store salesperson told police that the suspect tried to use a personal check that had the name of a person who was the subject of an e-mail from corporate loss prevention that alerted employees that the suspect had allegedly used fraudulent checks at several different stores and that employees should not accept those checks as a form of payment.

Employees notified police, who arrested the suspect and booked him for commercial burglary and for knowingly passing a fraudulent document.

ARRESTED FOR STEALING PERFUME FROM STORE

Bicycle patrol officers were in the 3000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard at 9:15 p.m. Friday, July 4th, when they saw a vehicle parked in a red zone with its hazard lights on.

When officers approached the vehicle they found no occupants but saw several items, including batteries, electric razors and lighters on the passenger-side floorboard.

Shortly after, police saw a man approaching the car while carrying four boxes and when he saw police, the man attempted to hide the boxes behind his back. Police contacted the suspect and determined that he was in possession of perfume boxes from a store in the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade.

Officers contacted the store manager, who reviewed security footage of the suspect allegedly taking the boxes and leaving without paying. The items were valued at $210.

The suspect was arrested and booked for commercial burglary and parole violation.

EMPLOYEE BOOKED FOR STEALING FROM STORE

Bicycle patrol officers were called to a store in the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade at 3:04 p.m. Saturday, July 5th, where a store manager alleged that an employee had been conducting return transactions for items that were never sold at the store and keeping the money over a two-month period. The employee had allegedly stolen about $3,700 in return transactions.

When the employee reported for work later in the day, police arrested him and booked him for grand theft.

ARRESTED FOR CARRYING STOLEN ITEMS FROM CARS

A man in the 2600 block of 30th Street told police at 2:59 a.m. Monday, July 7th, that he heard his car alarm and when he looked outside, he saw three suspects standing by his car with the door open.

Officers located the suspects at the corner of 18th Street and Ocean Park Boulevard and detained them. During the investigation, police determined that the suspects were allegedly in possession of stolen property from three vehicles, including a DVD player and a BlackBerry device.

The three suspects were arrested and booked for auto burglary and possession of stolen property.

SUSPECT BOOKED FOR VANDALIZING AIRCRAFT

An airport services employee alleged to police at 11:08 p.m. Tuesday, July 8th, that he saw a suspect trespassing on airport property in the 3000 block of Airport Avenue and tampering with an aircraft.

The suspect had allegedly moved the aircraft up and down, causing an unknown amount of damage.

When the employee approached the suspect, he fled on foot but he was later detained in the area by assisting police officers.

The suspect was arrested and booked for vandalism, public intoxication and trespassing on airport property.

— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria

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