EMPLOYEE ALLEGEDLY TOOK MONEY FROM SHOP
Police were called to a coffee shop in the 2900 block of Main Street at 5:10 p.m. Saturday, February 9th, where store district managers told them that for the past few months, they had noticed some discrepancies with store receipts. After managers conducted an audit, they traced the discrepancies to one employee, who allegedly admitted to taking several hundred dollars from the store over the past three months.
When officers were detaining the suspect, they also found that the suspect was in possession of methamphetamine and a crack pipe.
The suspect was arrested and booked for embezzlement and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO STEAL CAR
Officers on routine patrol in the 3100 block of Lincoln Boulevard at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, February 9th, saw that a vehicle parked in a lot had the driver’s side door open and the driver was holding a flashlight.
When officers approached the vehicle, they saw that the ignition was punched in and the driver was allegedly using a screwdriver to start the engine. The rear passenger’s side window was also broken out.
The suspect told officers that he was in the process of buying the car from a friend and had to break in because he lost the keys.
Police arrested the suspect and booked him for grand theft auto.
ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO CUT MAN WITH BOX CUTTER
Police were called to a business in the 1300 block of Second Street at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 12th, regarding an assault with a deadly weapon investigation. A man and his friend told them that they were sitting inside the building when they saw a suspect who was holding a box cutter. After the man told supervisors at the business that the suspect had the box cutter, they removed the item from the suspect.
The man and friend then left the building and went across the street to talk. The suspect, who also left the building, took back the box cutter and went across the street, where he got into an argument with the man about talking to the supervisors.
During the argument, the suspect allegedly displayed the box cutter and attempted to slash at the man.
Police arrested the suspect and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for assault with a deadly weapon.
BOOKED FOR STEALING FROM SHOPPER’S PURSE
A woman at a store in the 500 block of Wilshire Boulevard told police at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, February 7th, that she was inside the store shopping and had placed her unzipped purse on top of a shopping cart.
When the woman went to pay for the items in the cart, she realized that her wallet and cell phone were missing. Store employees reviewed video surveillance and saw that a suspect approached the woman’s shopping cart and allegedly took her wallet and cell phone from her unzipped purse.
The suspect, who frequents the store, returned five days later and was detained by store employees, who called police.
The suspect was arrested and booked for grand theft.
ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO CASH FICTITIOUS CHECK
Police were called to a bank in the 3300 block of Ocean Park Boulevard at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, February 13th, regarding a forgery investigation.
Bank employees told police that a suspect had entered the bank and tried to cash a $3,050 check. The teller determined that the check was fictitious after noticing that the signature on the check did not match the signature on file.
Officers contacted the suspect inside the bank, who said that he had received the check from a construction company for which he had performed work. Police then searched the suspect’s vehicle and found a notebook on which he had practiced the signature for the check.
The suspect was arrested and booked for check forgery and having an outstanding warrant.
BOOKED FOR STEALING EMPLOYEE’S BICYCLE
Police were called to a restaurant in the 2900 block of Nielson Way, where a suspect was being detained by employees.
Employees alleged to police that the suspect went to the alley behind the restaurant, where employees keep their bicycles, and took one of the bicycles. The suspect then allegedly placed the bicycle on top of a BMW in the alley, causing $400 in damage to the vehicle.
Restaurant employees saw the suspect and detained him until police arrived.
Police arrested the suspect and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for theft and vandalism.
— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria