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.
Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 2:30 p.m.,
Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 2400 block of Main Street regarding a brazen bike theft. The owner of the bike told officers that she had leaned it against a planter box outside of a deli before going inside to order some food. A waitress inside yelled “bike!” and the owner turned around to see a man taking her bicycle, which was not locked up. She yelled at the thief to stop, but he placed the bike on a rack mounted to the trunk of a white or champagne-colored car, possibly a Toyota Corolla, and drove off. The bike, a Bianchi Coast to Coast, green in color with white trim, had unique wheels with the name Diego Binatena written on them. The bike was valued at $5,000. There were 594 bicycles stolen in Santa Monica in 2013, police said. Anyone with information on the bike is urged to call the SMPD at (310) 458-8491. The thief is described as a Latino male in his late 20s or early 30s, heavy build, 5 feet 9 inches tall with dark hair.
Sunday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade — Sephora — regarding two people in custody for theft. When they arrived officers spoke to store security who said the suspects were seen taking several bottles of perfume and/or cologne and concealed them in a purse. The total value of the items was $195. The suspects were detained after leaving the store and failing to offer payment for the merchandise. They were placed under arrest for burglary and conspiracy. They were identified as Karen Eleane Johnson, 24, and Teenee Fakhree Rodgers, 25; both from Los Angeles. Bail was set at $20,000 each.
Saturday, Jan. 4, at 5:30 a.m.,
Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person on the 2000 block of Kansas Avenue. The person in question was seen using a flashlight while trying to open several car doors. Police arrived and detained the man. They found a car nearby that was unlocked and appeared to have been ransacked. Based on the observations of two witnesses and the evidence they found at the scene the officers placed the suspect under arrest for attempted burglary. He was identified as Nelson Rosas Lozano, 44, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $20,000.
Saturday, Jan. 4, at 1:37 p.m.,
Officers responded to the Rite-Aid at 2412 Pico Blvd. regarding a suspected shoplifter in custody. When officers arrived they spoke with store security who said they saw the suspect take several bottles of baby formula and then placed them in an empty purse. Security told officers the baby food area is heavily monitored because formula is a high theft item. Security said the woman left the store without paying for the formula. She was detained outside the store and placed under citizen’s arrest for burglary. The three cans of baby formula recovered were valued at $72.47. The suspect was identified as Sharon Lynne Roskam, 49. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Saturday, Jan. 4, at 10 p.m.,
An officer on patrol along the 1200 block of Lincoln Boulevard checked the alley and noticed two people loitering. He stopped to speak with them. During the conversation one of them admitted to having a warrant. The officer checked and later arrested the suspect for the warrant. During a search, the officer said he found methamphetamine on the suspect. The suspect was identified as Chandler Anthony Browning, 24, a transient. Bail was set at $10,250.
Friday, Jan. 3, at 11:15 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1300 block of Fifth Street regarding a report of an attempted robbery. When officers arrived they spoke with a woman who said she was sitting in her car, which was parked at the curb, when a stranger opened the passenger-side door and tried to snatch her Louis Vuitton wallet valued at $975. She said it contained $140 in cash. The woman gave police a description of the suspect, who was located at Fifth Street and Broadway. She was taken to the location and positively identified the suspect as the one who tried to steal the wallet. He was placed under arrest for attempted grand theft. He was identified as Journey Armond Dell, 42, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $20,000.
Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 5:38 a.m.,
Officers responded to a home located along the 1300 block of 14th Street regarding a report of a prowler. When officers got to the home they found a man at the front door. Officers confronted him, at which point he told them he was there to visit a friend. When officers asked him to put his hands behind his head so that he could be searched, the officers noticed that there was a small plastic bag in his hand. The suspect allegedly admitted that the baggy contained cocaine. The baggy was found to have .45 grams of cocaine in it. The suspect was placed under arrest for possession of drugs. He was identified as Brian Robert Gibbons, 38, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $10,000. The resident at the home said the suspect was an ex-boyfriend who had no reason for being there. The two stopped seeing each other about six months prior.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.