MAN DROVE ALLEGEDLY STOLEN CAR INTO SAND

Police were called to the 1550 beach parking lot at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 30th, regarding a report of a vehicle stuck in the sand.

When officers arrived, they saw the vehicle, with its tires stuck in the sand, and after they checked the license plate number, they found that the car had been reported stolen.

The driver had apparently tried to back the car out of the lot and went into the sand.

The driver of the vehicle also appeared to be intoxicated and a field sobriety test was conducted, which found that the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Police arrested the driver and booked him for driving under the influence and driving a stolen vehicle.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING EMPLOYEE

Police were called to a bookstore in the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 31st, where store employees told them that a suspect entered the coffee shop in the store and went to the condiment section, where he made a mess.

After employees asked the suspect to leave, he became upset and yelled profanities, and when an employee tried to escort the suspect outside, he allegedly slapped the employee’s hand away and left the store.

Employees called police, who located the suspect on the Promenade, arrested him and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for assault and battery.

MAN WAS ALLEGEDLY WEARING STOLEN WATCH

Police were called to the area of 20th Street and Pico Boulevard at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, May 31st, regarding a report of indecent exposure.

When officers arrived they detained a suspect and conducted an investigation. Officers searched the suspect and found that he was allegedly in possession of a new watch that still had the sales tags on it.

The suspect, who allegedly had two outstanding warrants, could not say where he got the watch.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him for possession of stolen property and the outstanding warrants.

ARRESTED FOR HITTING MAN WITH BASEBALL BAT

Police were called to the 2700 block of Pico Boulevard at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, June 2nd, where a fight was reported in the middle of the street.

When officers arrived, they saw a man bleeding from his face who had a cut on his forehead and one of his teeth knocked out.

The victim was treated by paramedics at the scene.

The man and a suspect had apparently been involved in a fight as part of an ongoing dispute.

The suspect allegedly punched the victim several times in the face and hit him in the head with a baseball bat.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for assault with a deadly weapon.

BOOKED FOR STEALING SIX-PACK FROM STORE

Police were called to a grocery store in the 700 block of Broadway at 4:10 p.m. Sunday, June 3rd, where store employees told them that a suspect entered the store and went to a cashier stand where he took an empty shopping bag.

The suspect then walked to the liquor department, where he allegedly took a six-pack of beer, put the beer in the bag and left the store without paying.

The beer was valued at $6.50.

Store security guards detained the suspect outside the store and police arrested the suspect and booked him for shoplifting.

BOOKED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN CHECKS

Officers on routine patrol in the 2300 block of Ocean Park Boulevard at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 5th, stopped at a parking lot and talked to three suspects who appeared to be acting suspiciously.

One of the suspects was allegedly on parole and police searched his van and hotel room, where they found two pipes that are used to smoke cocaine, as well as some checks that were in someone else’s name.

The suspect, who was allegedly on parole for possession of stolen property, did not know who the checks belonged to.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him for possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

ALLEGEDLY USED STOLEN VAN TO TAKE COMPUTERS

Police were called to a business in the 1600 block of Stanford Street at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday, June 6th, where a burglary was reported to be in progress.

Witnesses directed police to a suspect who was fleeing in a white van. Responding officers located the van on the Santa Monica Freeway and stopped the vehicle near the Harbor Freeway.

The vehicle had apparently been used to crash into a gate at the business, where the driver had entered and taken 15 to 20 boxes containing computer hard drive cases. The boxes were discovered inside the van and contained approximately $20,000 worth of merchandise.

Officers also noticed that the vehicle’s ignition was punched in.

Police arrested the driver of the vehicle and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for commercial burglary and grand theft auto.

MAN ALLEGEDLY USED FAKE LICENSE TO BUY TV

Police were called to a store in the 1200 block of Fourth Street at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 6th, regarding a forgery investigation.

Store employees alleged to officers that a suspect had tried to use a fake driver’s license to apply for a credit card to purchase a big-screen TV.

The suspect left the store but returned at 9 p.m., when employees called police.

The suspect was arrested and booked for burglary and forgery.

— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria

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