ALLEGEDLY WAVED GUN IN DRIVE-THROUGH
A group of young adults told police at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 27th, that they were in their car in the drive-through of a fast food restaurant in the 2000 block of Lincoln Boulevard when they were approached by a group of four suspects.
The suspects reportedly made comments about gangs and one of them allegedly displayed a handgun in a threatening manner at the victims.
When the victims saw the gun they drove away and found police who were investigating a traffic accident in the area. After the victims told officers about the incident, police went to the scene, where they located the suspects in the rear of the parking lot.
The suspects were arrested and booked for assault with a deadly weapon.
BOOKED FOR NOT PAYING BILL AT RESTAURANT
Employees at a restaurant in the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade told police at 10:10 p.m. Thursday, June 28th, that a man and woman had entered the restaurant and ordered $80.53 worth of food and beverages.
After finishing the meal, the suspects allegedly tried to leave the restaurant without paying but were stopped by security at the door.
The suspects then ran from the restaurant and police on patrol in the area saw restaurant security chasing the male suspect.
Police intervened and detained the man but the woman was not apprehended.
The man was arrested and booked for defrauding an innkeeper and probation violation.
ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO CAR NEAR BEACH
A woman and two friends alleged to police at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30th, that they were at the beach and returned to their car in a parking lot in the 1600 block of Appian Way, where they saw a suspect who had opened their car door.
The suspect allegedly looked inside the car and opened the trunk to look inside. When the woman and friends approached the suspect and asked what he was doing, he reportedly acted like the car was his.
The group then left and notified police who were on patrol near the pier of the incident.
Police went to the scene and located the suspect near the sand. He was arrested and booked in Santa Monica Jail for auto burglary and possession of a controlled substance.
BOOKED FOR STEALING BEER AT SUPERMARKET
Police were called to a supermarket in the 700 block of Broadway at 8:05 a.m. Monday, July 2nd, where employees alleged that a suspect had entered the store and gone to the liquor department, where he took two cans of beer and put them in his waistband.
The suspect then left without paying but was detained outside the market by security personnel.
Police arrested the suspect and booked him for burglary.
ALLEGEDLY USED BAG TO STEAL FROM MARKET
Police were called to a supermarket in the 700 block of Broadway at 1:25 p.m. Monday, July 2nd, employees told them that two suspects walked into the store carrying a large bag and put it inside a shopping cart.
The suspects walked around the store and put various items inside the cart. They then went to the back of the store and reportedly put the items from the cart inside the large bag.
The suspects brought the empty cart to the front of the store and allegedly left with the large bag without paying for the items.
They were detained outside by security personnel who found 34 items valued at $286.82 inside the bag.
Police arrested the suspects and booked them in Santa Monica Jail for burglary.
ARRESTED FOR PUNCHING STORE EMPLOYEE IN FACE
Police were called to a store in the 700 block of Broadway at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 3rd, where employees told them that a suspect was inside the store at closing time and they told him he had to leave.
The suspect then got upset and allegedly punched an employee several times in the face.
Employees called police, who arrested the suspect and booked him for assault and battery and probation violation.
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR DRIVING STOLEN CAR
Officers on routine patrol in the 1300 block of Princeton Street at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 4th, saw suspects inside a vehicle drinking from alcohol containers.
Police checked the license plate number of the vehicle, which identified it as stolen.
After officers conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle, they arrested the driver and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for grand theft auto.
— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria