Police were called to a store inSanta Monica Place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 5th, regarding a petty theft investigation.

Store employees told police that a suspect entered the store with some friends, removed the hands from one of the mannequins in the store and, after using the hands to joke with friends, left without putting them back.

The mannequin hands were valued at $60.

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


Police were called to a bank in the 3300 block of Ocean Park Boulevard at 2 p.m. Monday, January 7th, regarding an identity theft investigation.

Bank employees alleged to police that a suspect entered the bank and used a driver’s license and credit card which were in another person’s name to try to withdraw $800 from a bank account.

When the teller put the information into the computer, he realized that the picture on the license and account information were different than that of the suspect, and called police.

Police detained the suspect inside the bank and contacted the owner of the credit card who had been the victim of identity theft in the past.

The suspect was arrested and booked for possession of a forged credit card and false driver’s license, forgery and identity theft.


Police were called to the 2500 block of the beach at 9 p.m. Monday, January 7th, regarding a rape investigation.

A woman, who was bleeding from her face and naked from the waist down, told police that she had met a man and they went to the liquor store, where they purchased some alcohol.

They then drank the alcohol at the beach, where the man allegedly grabbed the woman and forced her to have sex with him.

During the rape, the man allegedly hit the woman several times in the face before she was able to get away.

The woman located a person with a cell phone on the beach and called police. She was then taken to a local hospital for treatment and released.

The suspect, who has not been apprehended, is described as a black man in his late 30s, five-feet-eight, heavy-set, with a goatee and short hairstyle, having no teeth and wearing dark clothing.



Police were called to the 600 block of 12th Street at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, January 8th, regarding a residential burglary.

A woman told officers that as she was parking her car, she saw a suspect walking from her front door and onto her lawn.

When the woman went into her residence, the suspect fled. Another neighbor told police that he saw the suspect looking into the yard.

Police located the suspect in the 1100 block of Marguerita Avenue and he gave conflicting statements as to what he was doing in the area. During the investigation, police determined that the suspect matched the description of a suspect in an auto burglary on California Avenue earlier that day.

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


Police were called to a bar in the 3100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard at 11:35 p.m. Thursday, January 10th, regarding an assault and battery investigation.

Witnesses told police that a woman was inside the bar when she went up to a female suspect who was playing ping pong and asked if she could play.

When the woman told the suspect that she had been playing too long, they got into an argument and the suspect allegedly punched the woman, knocking her to the ground.

The victim received a swollen eye and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police arrested the suspect and booked her in Santa Monica Jail for assault and battery.



Two motorcycle officers stopped at a restaurant in the 2100 block of 24th Street and left their gloves and sunglasses in their helmets on their motorcycles.

When the officers were eating, they saw a suspect they recognized and who had made a comment to them before leaving.

When the officers went to their motorcycles, one of them realized that his gloves and sunglasses were missing.

The officers located the female suspect in the 2000 block of Pico Boulevard and found that she was allegedly in possession of the gloves.

They then went back to the restaurant area and found that a friend of the suspect was allegedly in possession of the officer’s sunglasses.

The two suspects were arrested and booked for possession of stolen property.

— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria