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.
Saturday, March 8, at 5 p.m.
Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 2800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a vandalism that had just occurred. When the officers arrived they talked to the victim who told them that she lives in a complex that shares a common patio. She had placed potted plants around the patio to create some privacy. She noticed that her neighbor was on the patio smoking a cigarette. She used her cell phone to video record the smoking. The victim said that the neighbor became enraged, waving his hands in the air and showing her his middle finger. He then came after the victim and pushed her to the ground and pulled the plants out of the pots that she had set out. The victim retreated to her residence and called the police. Officers talked to the neighbor and found that he was very inebriated and uncooperative. They arrested him for assault and vandalism. He was identified as Maarten Borghans, 43, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $20,000.
Tuesday, March 4, at 1:50 a.m.
SMPD officers were dispatched to a burglary that had just occurred at a residence in the 1000 block of 21st Street. The suspect was seen by the resident in the back yard of the home earlier in the day. When confronted by the property owner, he told her that he was looking for someone that lived on the property and gave the name of the person he was looking for. The owner told the person that no one lived at the residence by that name. The suspect left. The residents of the property were later awoken at about 1:50 a.m. when they heard someone unlocking their rear gate. The suspect was confronted by one of the residents and left. The resident called the police dispatch center and gave a description of the suspect. That information was broadcast to responding units who were able to detain a suspect matching the description. He was found at 22nd Street and Wilshire Boulevard. Residents were brought to the area and positively identified the person. Officers believed that he was in the yard to commit a crime and arrested him for attempted burglary. He was identified as Craig Williams Clark, 60, of Malibu. His bail was set at $50,000.
Tuesday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m.
Officers responded to a radio call in the 1500 block of Palisades Park regarding a man yelling and screaming and walking in and out of businesses in the area. Upon arrival, the officers saw the subject wearing pink bikini bottoms over a one-piece multi-colored woman‚Äôs swim suit. He was smoking a cigarette in violation of the municipal code. When he was detained he became argumentative and accused the officers of raping him. He had no identification on him and was arrested for the smoking violation. While at the jail he was determined to be a sex registrant who had not properly registered. He was charged with not registering as a sex offender. He was identified as Jimmy Davis McClain, 45, a transient. His bail was set at $20,000.
Thursday, March 6, at 6 p.m.
Officers with Santa Monica Police‚Äôs Crime Impact Team observed three people loitering in a car in a store parking lot at 2505 Santa Monica Blvd. The officers approached the vehicle and asked the occupants what they were doing. They said that they were just hanging out. One occupant admitted to being on probation. When one was asked if he had anything illegal on him, he replied that he had a “kit,” indicating that he was in possession of a syringe. The officer searched the subject and found a needle. One of the other occupants had a no-bail warrant for his arrest. The vehicle was searched and syringes and heroin were found inside. Both were arrested for various drug charges. They were identified as Dana Nathaniel Goldman, 30, of Walnut Calif., and he was held with no bail; the other is Nicholas Arthur Marks, 25, of Aliso Viejo, Calif. Marks‚Äô bail was set at $250.
Friday, March 7, at 6:15 p.m.
Officers responded to 2627 Lincoln Blvd. ‚Äî Albertson‚Äôs grocery store ‚Äî regarding a subject in custody of the store‚Äôs security guards for theft. When the officers arrived they were told that security agents had watched as the subject selected two bottles of rum and some deodorant from shelves and concealed them. He also selected a pair of sunglasses and concealed them as well. The subject left the store without paying for any of the items and was stopped by security personnel outside of the store. He was placed under private person‚Äôs arrest for theft and found to have $57.44 in merchandise on him. He was identified as Andrew Wesley Carr, 57, a transient. No bail was set.
Sunday, March 9, at 8:40 a.m.
Officers responded to Marine Terrace regarding someone acting suspicious and loitering around a yard inside a secured residential property. As the officers were searching the property with the tenant, they came upon the subject who the tenant immediately recognized as the person he had seen lurking in the area. Officers stopped and detained the subject and found that he had a computer adapter/charger on him that he dropped as they stopped him. While detained, another neighbor told the officers that she had seen the same suspect on the day prior. She said that she was inside of her house breast feeding her baby when the front door opened and the subject walked inside. She yelled at him to leave and the subject left but stayed in front of her house on the sidewalk. The neighbor told the officer that she could see out of a window that the subject was telling her that he returned her laptop and that he now wanted money. She looked in the living room and noticed that her laptop was on the floor. She had last seen it at about 11 p.m. the night before in her bedroom. Officers asked her if she was missing the charger/adapter to her laptop. She checked and it was missing. Officers arrested the subject for burglary. He was identified as Mark Anthony Shakar, 41, a transient. His bail was set at $50,000.