ACCUSED OF NOT PAYING FOR DOUGHNUTS, DRINKS
Police were called to a convenience store in the 600 block of Wilshire Boulevard at 1:45 a.m. Thursday, August 16th, where store employees alleged that a suspect entered the store, took doughnuts, coffee and orange juice, ate and drank these items in the store and then left without paying.
The items were valued at about $3.
When employees tried to stop the suspect, he fled. After witnesses directed police to the man’s location at a nearby parking lot in the 1300 block of Seventh Street, the suspect was detained.
Police arrested and booked the suspect for defrauding an innkeeper and probation violation.
BOOKED AFTER PUTTING HAND IN CHANGE JAR
Police were called to a coffee store in the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, August 16th, where employees said that a suspect entered the store, walked up to the counter and put his hand in the change jar while employees were helping customers.
When employees told the suspect to take his hand out of the jar, he complied and then fled.
Employees followed the suspect onto the Promenade, where police detained him.
The suspect, who did not have any money in his possession when he was detained, was arrested and booked for commercial burglary and parole violation.
BOOKED FOR ASSAULTING MAN OUTSIDE OF BAR
Police were called to a restaurant bar in the 300 block of Santa Monica Boulevard at 2 a.m. Friday, August 17th, where witnesses alleged that a suspect walked out of the bar and after drinking from a bottle, threw the bottle at a taxi that was driving by.
The suspect then allegedly grabbed at a man and tried to make him come with him.
The man, who told officers that he was afraid for his safety, then called police.
The suspect was arrested and booked for assault and battery.
ARRESTED FOR STEALING BACKPACKS FROM STORE
Police who were on routine patrol in the 1100 block of Palisades Park at 2 p.m. Friday, August 17th, saw two suspects they recognized.
When the officers looked at the suspects, the suspects tried to hide behind the bushes and also tried to hide backpacks they were carrying.
Officers contacted the suspects and determined that they were in possession of two backpacks that reportedly had price tags from a store in the 400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
The suspects also were allegedly in possession of two other bags that were filled with various items with price tags from the store.
Police arrested the two suspects for suspicion of theft and contacted the store manager, who alleged that he had seen the two suspects in the store taking items but he was unable to detain them.
After officers reviewed store video footage of the suspects allegedly taking the items, they booked them in Santa Monica Jail for burglary.
The items were valued at $871.
ALLEGEDLY SPRAYED GRAFFITI ON RESTAURANT
Police were called to the 1550 beach parking lot at 2:40 a.m. Sunday, August 19th, regarding a report of a group of people fighting and running in different directions.
When police arrived, they saw graffiti painted on the side of a restaurant.
Officers detained a suspect in the area who allegedly was in possession of a spray paint can and had spray paint on his hands that was the same color as the paint on the restaurant.
The damage to the restaurant and pavement was estimated at $400.
Police arrested the suspect and booked him for felony vandalism.
— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria