ALLEGEDLY SPED AT GAS STATION, EVADED POLICE
A police officer on patrol in the area of Lincoln and Ocean Park Boulevards at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 5th, heard a loud screeching noise and as he drove down the street he saw a white pickup truck driving through the lot of a gas station at an uncontrolled speed.
The truck was making screeching noises and nearly struck people as they were getting gas.
When the officer pulled into the lot, the truck driver left and allegedly refused to stop. The officer followed the truck to the area of 16th Street and Ocean Park Boulevard, where the driver pulled over, got out and fled on foot.
A local resident saw the suspect jump onto the roof of a house in the 1500 block of Maple Street, where he allegedly tried to hide.
Police closed off the area and took the suspect into custody.
The suspect was arrested and booked in Santa Monica Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving, felony evading, driving under the influence and probation violation.
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR RIDING STOLEN BICYCLE
Police on patrol in the 2000 block of Lincoln Boulevard at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 5th, saw a suspect riding a bicycle on the sidewalk without a light, a violation of the city municipal code, and detained him.
Officers also saw that the serial number of the bike had been removed and painted over, indicating that the bike had been stolen.
The suspect was arrested and booked for possession of stolen property and parole violation.
BOOKED FOR ASSAULTING RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE
Police were called to a restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 5th, where employees alleged that a suspect entered the restaurant and was causing a disturbance by trying to talk to customers while they were eating.
When an employee asked the suspect to leave, he allegedly got into an argument with the employee and kicked her in the leg.
Employees escorted the suspect outside and called police, who arrested the suspect and booked him for assault and battery, public intoxication and probation violation.
ARRESTED FOR STEALING DRINK FROM DELI FRIDGE
Employees at a deli in the 1500 block of Lincoln Boulevard alleged to police at 1:40 p.m. Thursday, September 6th, that a suspect, who had been in the deli on prior occasions, went to the back of the store, where he took a soft drink, wrapped it in his shirt and walked out without paying.
Employees flagged down officers in the area and the suspect, who admitted taking the drink, was detained.
Police arrested the suspect and booked him for petty theft and probation violation.
ALLEGEDLY SIGNED BOSS’S NAME TO CHECKS
Police were called to a residence in the 1100 block of 24th Street at 3 p.m. Friday, September 7th, where a woman alleged that a personal assistant who worked for her for two years fraudulently signed the woman’s name to checks over the two years that totaled over $100,000.
Through a follow-up investigation, police located the assistant at his residence and he later admitted to signing the checks.
The suspect was arrested and booked for forgery, identity theft and grand theft.
ARRESTED FOR STEALING SHIRTS FROM A STORE
Police were called to a store in the 2900 block of Main Street at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, September 8th, where a shoplifting suspect was in custody.
Store employees alleged to officers that the suspect entered the store, walked through some of the aisles, removed the tags off of two shirts and left the store without paying for the shirts.
The shirts were valued at $80 each.
Store loss prevention officers detained the suspect as he was walking down the street.
Police arrested the suspect and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for shoplifting.
BOOKED FOR BREAKING INTO CAR IN GARAGE
A woman at an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Sixth Street told police at 8 p.m. Friday, September 7th, that she had gone into the subterranean garage and noticed that her vehicle had been broken into.
A neighbor told the woman that someone had also tried to break into his car.
As the woman and neighbor were talking, the suspect appeared while holding a foot-long object, allegedly threatened to hit them and fled.
Through a follow-up investigation, police identified the suspect and located him. The suspect had allegedly taken camera equipment valued at $900 from one of the cars.
Police arrested and booked the suspect for auto burglary.
MEN ALLEGEDLY HAD BURGLARY TOOLS IN VAN
Officers on patrol in the 1100 block of 15th Street at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, September 12th, saw a suspicious van driving slowly on the street and in the alley near 14th Street and Washington Avenue.
Police monitored the van and stopped the vehicle after it rolled through a stop sign.
Officers determined that the driver did not have a license or identification but the passenger, in whose name the vehicle was registered, told police that he had given permission to the driver to operate his vehicle.
After police searched the vehicle, they allegedly found a crack pipe, a tool used to break open car windows, wire strippers and another cutting tool.
The suspects were arrested and booked for suspicion of burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia.
— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria