EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR TAKING IPOD, SOFTWARE

Police were called to a store in the 1200 block of Fourth Street at 4 p.m. Monday, March 17th, where store managers alleged that a store employee had taken an iPod and computer software from the return stock a few days earlier and did not pay for the items. The employee had allegedly given the items to a friend and was detained by security personnel when he returned to the store.

The iPod was valued at $385 and the computer software was valued at $130.

The suspect was arrested and booked for grand theft and commercial burglary.

BOOKED FOR STEALING WOOD PIECES FROM SITE

Police were called to a construction site in the 1800 block of Tenth Street at 6:20 p.m. Friday, March 21st, where a suspect had allegedly loaded slabs of wood onto the back of a truck. When police arrived at the scene, he was driving away. Police stopped the vehicle and found that the truck was loaded with six 16-foot-long pieces of wood from the construction site.

The driver allegedly said he thought the wood was trash but the owner of the site told police that the wood was for construction. The wood pieces were valued at a total of $120.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him for petty theft.

ALLEGEDLY DAMAGED PARKED CARS’ MIRRORS

A man alleged to police at 8:50 p.m. Friday, March 21st, that he saw a suspect walking down the street in the 900 to 1000 block of Wilshire Boulevard trying to break the side view mirrors of several parked vehicles.

The extent of damage to the vehicles was not yet determined.

The suspect, who was detained in the area, was arrested and booked for felony vandalism.

ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO BREAK INTO PARKED VAN

A man in the 1600 block of Michigan Avenue alleged to police at 3:40 a.m. Monday, March 24th, that he saw a suspect trying to pry open the rear door of a parked Ford van.

When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect, who was standing near the rear of the vehicle, dropped a screwdriver and walked away. Police detained the suspect and during a search they found that he was in possession of two screwdrivers and a small flashlight.

Officers then located another screwdriver near the vehicle and found a lock that had been removed from the door.

The suspect was arrested and booked for attempted auto burglary and probation violation.

BOOKED FOR STEALING SEVERAL STORE ITEMS

Police were called to a store in the 300 block of Colorado Avenue at 10:10 a.m. Monday, March 24th, where a shoplifting suspect was in custody.

Employees alleged to police that the suspect took a pair of socks and put them into a jacket pocket and then went to a different section, where he took a pair of pants and put them into a bag.

The suspect also allegedly took an MP3 player, put it into a bag and went to a dressing room.

As the suspect was leaving the store, security personnel detained him and found that he was in possession of a watch, a wallet, pants, socks and an MP3 player. The items were valued at $230.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him for shoplifting and probation violation.

SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY DROVE STOLEN VEHICLE

Officers on routine patrol in the 1600 block of Pico Boulevard at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 24th, were alerted to a Lojack signal coming from a nearby parking structure.

Police located the signal in a vehicle in the structure and waited for the driver to return to the vehicle.

When the driver started the engine and was about to drive away, police detained him. The driver allegedly said that he was renting the vehicle from a friend.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him for grand theft auto.

2 BOOKED FOR DAMAGING PROPERTY OF BUSINESSES

Witnesses alleged to police at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 26th, that they saw two suspects walking past businesses in the 2000 to 2500 block of Main Street and knocking down planters, trash cans and decorative lights.

The total damage was estimated at $200 to $300.

Police detained the suspects in the area and they were identified by the witnesses.

The two suspects were arrested and booked for vandalism.

— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria

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