Santa Monica police are seeking the public’s help in identifying property that was recovered after a man was arrested earlier this month in connection with several residential burglaries in Santa Monica.

Police arrested Joaquin Palmer for attempted residential burglary Wednesday, April 2nd, after they were called at 2:30 p.m. to a residence in the 1300 block of Franklin Avenue in Santa Monica regarding a burglary in progress, Lt. Alex Padilla said.

Officers detained Palmer a short distance from the scene and he was identified by witnesses, Padilla said.

Palmer is also suspected of committing several other residential burglaries in Santa Monica in March, Padilla said.

The incidents occurred between Washington Avenue, Broadway, Lincoln Boulevard and Centinela Avenue.

After police obtained a search warrant for Palmer’s home and cars, detectives recovered numerous items of property that have been identified by victims from eight residential burglaries, Padilla said.

Detectives also recovered other property that has yet to be linked to a victim of a crime and are also researching pawn receipts found for property connected to recent cases.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has filed nine felony counts of residential burglary against Palmer with a special allegation of a third strike, Padilla said. More charges may be filed if additional victims are identified. Palmer has prior arrests and convictions for burglary, robbery and rape, police said.

Police are seeking assistance in identifying the property still in their custody and are asking people who believe they were a victim of a recent burglary in Santa Monica to view photographs of this property and read the Public Information Bulletin at: www /PublicBulletin-08-002.htm/.

Residents who believe that the property belongs to them and that it was taken as a result of a crime may contact Detective Lambert at (310) 458-2233, or

A prior police report will have to be on file describing property taken, or residents may be asked to prove ownership prior to release of the property.