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, April 4,
With the assistance of the LAPD and U.S. Postal Service, Santa Monica Police officers went to a home on the 200 block of Oxford Street in Los Angeles and served an arrest warrant in connection with a fraud investigation. Officers searched the suspect‚Äôs home and said they found several items of stolen mail and materials to wash and forge checks. Police said the suspect stole checks from a Santa Monica-based general contractor and engineering firm, forged them and cashed them. The suspect was placed under arrest for obtaining credit in someone else‚Äôs name, forgery, receiving stolen property and the unauthorized use of a person‚Äôs identity. The suspect was identified as Christopher Lee, 26, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $50,000.
Sunday, April 14, at 5:12 a.m.,
Officers responded to an apartment building located on the 1100 block of 14th Street regarding someone trying to break into one of the units. When officers arrived they spoke with the resident who said he was asleep with his wife and children when he heard someone banging on and kicking his front door. The suspect kicked so hard that he knocked the door off the frame. The man in the apartment had to hold the door up to keep the suspect out. He eventually left and was found by police hiding in a laundry room. The suspect was placed under arrest for burglary. He was identified as James Mullins, 36, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $50,000.