ARRESTED FOR STEALING SANDWICH FROM DELI

Police were called to a deli in the 1500 block of Lincoln Boulevard at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, March 6th, where employees told them that a suspect walked into the deli, picked up a bottle of olive oil and a sandwich and put the sandwich in his pocket. The suspect then went to the register to pay for the olive oil but left without paying for the $5.85 sandwich.

Employees detained the suspect outside the deli and called police, who arrested him and booked him for petty theft.

BANK FRAUD SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY

Police were called to a bank in the 2900 block of Ocean Park Boulevard at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 7th, where managers told them that a suspect tried to open an account and make a deposit using a fictitious name. The suspect had allegedly been investigated for forgery at other bank branches and the bank had issued an alert on him.

A teller at the bank recognized the suspect from another bank and called police, who detained the suspect inside the bank. Officers found the suspect’s identification in his vehicle and determined that he was wanted for fraud at other banks and grand theft of a rental vehicle.

The suspect was arrested and booked in Santa Monica Jail for burglary, identity theft, grand theft and parole violation.

ALLEGEDLY STOLE CAR WITH ENGINE RUNNING

Officers on routine patrol in the area of Main and Navy streets at 6:40 a.m. Saturday, March 8th, saw a vehicle driving the wrong way on a one-way street and stopped the vehicle.

As officers were conducting the traffic stop, a man ran to them and said that the suspect was driving his car. The man alleged that he had parked his car to get a cup of coffee and left the car running with the doors unlocked, when the suspect got into the vehicle and drove away.

A passerby saw that police had stopped the vehicle and told the man where the car was.

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

BOOKED FOR TAMPERING WITH PARKED VEHICLE

A woman in the 1400 block of Second Street told police at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 11th, that she had parked her car in the street for an appointment and when she crossed the street, she saw a suspect trying to open her car door.

When the woman yelled to the suspect that it was her car, the suspect walked away. The woman flagged down police, who detained the suspect in the area.

The suspect, who was found to be in possession of a wrench, pliers and a drill piece, was arrested and booked for vehicle tampering and possession of burglary tools.

2 BOOKED FOR STEALING JEWELRY AT STORE

Police were called to a store in the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 12th, where employees told them that two suspects had entered the store carrying bags from another store and put some jewelry items in the bags. As the suspects were leaving the store, the alarm sounded and employees detained the suspects.

The two suspects were allegedly found to be in possession of $125 worth of jewelry, including necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

The suspects were arrested and booked for petty theft.

— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria

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