Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7:35 p.m.,
Santa Monica vice officers contacted a woman they found on the Internet who was advertising sexual services in exchange for a $200 donation. Officers contacted the woman and made arrangements to meet her at a local motel room. Once there, an undercover officer entered the room and gave the woman $200, as requested. The woman attempted to perform sexual acts and assisting officers entered the room and placed her under arrest for prostitution. She was identified as Angela Filippini, 36, from New York. Her bail was set at $2,000.
Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 12:15 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 500 block of Hill Street regarding a report of an auto burglary. When officers arrived, the victim told them his convertible top had been cut and his car stereo was missing along with his radar detector and other items. Officers asked the owner to drive his vehicle to the police station so it could be fingerprinted. Several weeks after the fingerprints were processed, detectives were able to ascertain the identity of a possible suspect. An alert was put out and the suspect was later found in Compton by Los Angeles County Sheriffs. He was transported to the police station, questioned and booked for auto burglary. He was identified as Efren Delucas, 23, from Compton. His bail was set at $20,000.
Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 3:34 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade — the Apple Store — regarding a report of a theft in progress. When officers arrived, they made contact with store security who said they saw a man pick up an iPod, conceal it under his shirt and then walk out of the store, failing to pay for the item. Security detained the suspect until police arrived. Officers placed the suspect under arrest for grand theft, theft with a prior conviction and violation of parole. The phone was valued at $499.99. The suspect was identified as Vincent Frank Garcia, 39, from Van Nuys. No bail was set.
Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 3:05 a.m.,
Officers were conducting a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Franklin Street when a man who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol approached them and tried to interfere. He claimed he was the roommate of the person officers stopped and demanded the officers to let his friend go. Officers told the drunken man to go home. He refused and was placed under arrest. Officers searched the suspect and found him to be in possession of hashish. He was booked for public intoxication and possession of concentrated cannabis. He was identified as Christopher Ling, 22, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $10,000.
Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m.,
Officers responded to the corner of Ocean Park Boulevard and Barnard Way regarding a report of a stolen bicycle. The victim told officers that he saw a man take the front wheel from a parked bicycle and jump into a waiting car. Before they drove off, the victim was able to get the license plate number and provide officers with a description of the car. Officers later located the vehicle in a parking lot in the 800 block of Grant Street — Rest Haven Motel. Officers searched the car and found the victim’s wheel as well as two other wheels which were believed to be stolen. Officers also found burglary tools, including bolt cutters, wrenches and gloves. Both suspects were taken into custody and booked for burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. The first suspect was identified as Andres Roberts Garcia, 18, from Los Angeles. No bail was set because of an immigration hold. The second suspect was identified as Oscar Daniel Palacios, 23, from Los Angeles. His bail is set at $20,000.
Saturday, Jan. 24, at 12 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1400 block of Third Street regarding a report of a stolen bicycle. When officers arrived, they made contact with the alleged victim who told them that he was with two friends when hunger struck. He asked his pals to watch his orange beach cruiser, valued at $500, while he went to McDonald’s to buy something to eat. When he returned, his friends were gone and so was his bike. The next day the man saw his so-called friends at OPCC and called police. Officers took the two men into custody for grand theft. The suspects were identified as John Mathew Tayon, 28, a transient, and Gerald Lynn McCloud, 46, a transient.
Editor in Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports. firstname.lastname@example.org