Police were called to the 500 block of Alley Seven at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, January 5th, regarding a strong-arm robbery investigation.

A woman told police that she had parked her car in the alley to pick up a friend and when she got out of the car to call the friend, a vehicle drove down the alley and turned off its lights.

One of the suspects in the vehicle walked up to the woman and allegedly tried to grab her purse but she refused to let it go. Another suspect in the vehicle then allegedly walked up to the woman in a threatening manner and demanded that she give up the purse.

After the woman gave them the purse, the suspects got back in the car and fled. The woman gave a description of the vehicle to police, who located and stopped the car on the Santa Monica Freeway at the San Diego Freeway exit.

The two suspects, who were identified by the woman, were arrested and booked for strong-arm robbery. Three other suspects in the vehicle were arrested and booked for conspiracy and as accomplices to robbery.


Police were called to a parking structure in the 1300 block of Fourth Street at 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 31st, where witnesses said they were walking down the street when they saw a suspect walking between parked cars in the garage and trying to open car doors.

The suspect eventually managed to open up one car door and he allegedly took some items from the car, put them into a bag and fled.

Witnesses gave a description of the suspect to police, who detained him in the area. The suspect was in possession of a purse, which the car owner identified.

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


Police were called to a store in the 300 block of Colorado Avenue at 2:20 p.m. Thursday, December 27th, where store employees alleged that a suspect walked into the store, took a box of cologne from the fragrance section, walked to a different section of the store and put the cologne into his pants pocket.

The suspect then went back to the fragrance section, where he allegedly put another bottle of cologne into his other pants pocket and put a third bottle under his shirt.

The three bottles of cologne were valued at $152.

Store loss prevention officers detained the suspect outside the store and released him to police, who arrested the suspect and booked him for petty theft.


Police were called to a store in the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade at 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 28th, where store employees told them that a suspect, who was carrying a bag, took some clothing items into the changing room, where she removed the tags. The suspect then went to the register, where she tried to return the items, but employees did not accept them because the tags were removed.

After the suspect purchased $205 worth of items and was leaving the store, the security sensor was sounded. Employees found other items with the tags removed inside the bag.

The items, including two purses and clothes, were valued at a total of $150.

Police arrested the suspect and booked her for petty theft.


A taxi driver in the area of 26th Street and Olympic Boulevard alleged to police that as he was driving, he saw a man pick up a wooden stick and hit a woman who was lying down on a bench for an unknown reason.

The taxi driver then pulled up next to the woman, who got into the taxi and called police as they drove away. The woman, who complained of back pain, was later treated by paramedics.

Police located the suspect in the area, arrested him and booked him for assault with a deadly weapon.


A police officer on patrol in the 1300 block of Ocean Avenue at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, January 1st, was stopped by a witness regarding a possible burglary in progress.

Witnesses told police that they saw a suspect allegedly break the plate glass window of a business and walk in. The damage to the business was estimated at over $1,000.

Officers search the business and found a suspect sleeping on a massage bed inside one of the rooms.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him for felony vandalism.

— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria