SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR GRAND THEFT AUTO

Officers on patrol in the 2000 block of Lincoln Boulevard at 5:10 a.m. Monday, February 26th, saw people acting suspiciously inside a vehicle in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.

The people allegedly appeared to be hiding something when police saw them.

Police identified the license plate number of the vehicle as that of one stolen in Temple City.

When officers approached the vehicle, they saw that the ignition had been “punched in” and the driver was allegedly using a screwdriver to start the car.

Police arrested the driver and two occupants and booked them in Santa Monica Jail for grand theft auto.

BOOKED FOR STEALING ALCOHOL BOTTLES

Police were called to a supermarket in the 700 block of Broadway at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, February 25th, regarding a commercial burglary investigation.

Two store employees told police that they were walking into the store when they saw broken glass and the plastic security cap of an alcohol bottle on the floor.

The employees then saw a suspect allegedly holding another bottle of alcohol with the security cap, when the suspect fell and broke the bottle.

When the employees went to tell the store manager, they saw the suspect allegedly enter the store, take another alcohol bottle from the liquor section and then walk out without paying.

The suspect was detained outside the store by security officers.

The three bottles of alcohol, including the two that were broken, were valued at $77.91.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for commercial burglary.

ARRESTED FOR STEALING GROCERIES FROM STORE

Store employees at a supermarket in the 1600 block of Cloverfield Boulevard told police at 11:50 a.m. Sunday, February 25th, that a woman had walked into the store and ordered a couple of sandwiches and soup.

The woman then walked around the store and put items inside a cart and other items inside a white shopping bag.

After the woman put the sandwiches and soup inside the shopping bag, she allegedly left the cart with the other items and walked out of the store with the shopping bag but without paying.

The woman was detained outside the store by security officers, who said they found $165 worth of items, including eight champagne bottles, inside the shopping bag.

Police arrested the woman and booked her in Santa Monica Jail for commercial burglary.

BOOKED FOR STEALING COSMETICS FROM STORE

Police were called to a store in the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, February 25th, regarding a grand theft investigation.

Store employees alleged to officers that a suspect walked into the store, took bottles of perfume from the cosmetics section and put the bottles inside her coat, pants pocket and a handbag.

The suspect then allegedly took other items from the store and put them into a store basket.

When the suspect went to the counter, she allegedly gave the basket to the clerk and said she would be back to pay for the items.

The suspect then allegedly walked out of the store rapidly and was detained by store security officers, who found items allegedly inside her pockets.

The cosmetic items were valued at a total of $468.

Police arrested the suspect and booked her in Santa Monica Jail for grand theft.

ALLEGEDLY STOLE TOOLS FROM STORE TRUCK

Officers on patrol in the 1500 block of Euclid Street at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, February 24th, were called to a store where a burglar alarm had sounded.

When officers arrived, they found a suspect in the alley who had allegedly stolen items from a truck parked in the rear of the store and placed them in a shopping cart.

The items, which included a heavy-duty extension cord and snap cutters, were valued at over $400.

The suspect was arrested and booked in Santa Monica Jail for grand theft.

ARRESTED FOR STEALING COLOGNE FROM STORE

Loss prevention officers at a store in the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade alleged to police at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, February 24th, that a suspect walked into the store, took a bottle of cologne, put it inside his pants pocket, walked around the store and then left without paying.

As the suspect left, he allegedly ran down the Promenade and was chased by store security officers, who caught him in the area of Fifth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.

The bottle of cologne was valued at $88.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for petty theft.

EMPLOYEE BOOKED

FOR STEALING TV

Police were called to a store in the 300 block of Colorado Avenue at 8:30 p.m. Friday, February 23rd, regarding a grand theft investigation.

Store security officers alleged to police that a store employee had been caught on surveillance video taking a TV from the loading dock area Tuesday, February 20th.

Corporate store security officers interviewed the employee February 23rd and he allegedly admitted to taking the 32-inch LCD TV, valued at $1,400.

The employee was arrested by police and booked in Santa Monica Jail for grand theft.

ALLEGEDLY TOOK

LAPTOP COMPUTER

Police were called to a fitness gym in the 2900 block of 31st Street at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, February 20th, regarding a grand theft investigation.

Gym security officers alleged to police that a suspect had taken a 13-inch laptop computer valued at $1,300 from the front-desk counter.

The suspect was caught on surveillance video and was later identified.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for commercial burglary.

— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria

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