ALLEGEDLY REMOVED SENSORS FROM ALCOHOL

Police were called at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday, July 16th, to a store in the 2400 block of Pico Boulevard, where a theft was reported to be in progress.

A lost prevention officer alleged to police that a suspect removed the security devices from four bottles of vodka valued at $36 each and placed them in his waistband.

When the suspect noticed that he was being watched, he placed the bottles back on the shelf and fled the store. Police located the suspect hiding on the property of a nearby house and detained him.

The suspect was arrested and booked for burglary, trespassing and parole violation.

ALLEGEDLY USED FAKE CHECKS TO BUY CLOTHES

Employees at a store in the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade alleged to police at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, July 17th, that a suspect had tried to use three $100 counterfeit traveler’s checks to purchase $300 worth of clothes.

After the suspect acted suspiciously during the transaction, an employee called American Express to verify the checks’ authenticity. The company then informed the employee that the checks were not valid.

The suspect, who left the store prior to the arrival of police, was detained a short distance away.

Police arrested the suspect and booked her for burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, attempting to pass a fake check and for having a traffic warrant.

BOOKED FOR DAMAGING PLANTS IN FRONT OF INN

Officers on routine patrol in the 2400 block of Lincoln Boulevard at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19th, saw a suspect allegedly tear out plants from a planter in front of a motel and throw the uprooted plants into the street.

Police detained the suspect and contacted the owner of the motel, who wished to prosecute.

The suspect was arrested and booked for vandalism.

BOOKED FOR TAMPERING WITH POLICE SCOOTER

Traffic service officers were directing traffic at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Fourth Street at 7:31 p.m. Saturday, July 19th, when a suspect who appeared to be intoxicated allegedly climbed onto a parked police scooter and attempted to steal it.

The suspect allegedly tampered with the vehicle and was told by the traffic officers to get off. Additional officers arrived at the scene and detained the suspect.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him for attempted grand theft auto, vehicle tampering and public intoxication.

FIVE ARRESTED FOR NOT PAYING RESTAURANT BILL

Police were called to a restaurant in the 1500 block of Lincoln Boulevard at 7:40 a.m. Sunday, July 20th where employees alleged that five patrons had ordered food but then ran out without paying the $40.21 bill. Employees gave police a description of the suspects and their vehicle, as well as the vehicle license plate number.

Police located the vehicle going eastbound on the Santa Monica Freeway and stopped the vehicle.

The five suspects were arrested and booked for defrauding an innkeeper.

SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR GRAND THEFT OF VEHICLE

An officer driving a vehicle with equipment that can read license plate numbers of nearby vehicles and identify if they are stolen was alerted concerning a stolen vehicle that passed him in the 3000 block of Fourth Street at 3:41 a.m. Monday, July 21st.

The officer turned around and followed the vehicle to a nearby gas station, where he detained the driver and passenger and conducted a search of the vehicle. During the search, the officer found property that appeared to be stolen.

Police arrested two suspects and booked them for grand theft auto and possession of stolen property.

— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria

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