MONTANA AVE ‚Äî A man accused of a series of smash and grab commercial burglaries was arrested Thursday morning, police said.
Ronald Perkins, 55, was picked up by Santa Monica detectives and Secret Service agents near Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and booked at the Santa Monica jail.
Six stores were hit last week, according to an e-mail from the North of Montana Neighborhood Association. Cheeky Chic, a pop-up store on Montana Avenue was robbed of $4,000 worth of leather goods. Most of the other stores lost between $100 and $200 in cash.
The burglaries occurred after midnight, the association said, with the suspect or suspects breaking the storefront window and stealing from the cash registers.
“Montana merchants are saying that this is the largest sweep of burglaries on stores along the avenue that anyone can remember over the past 30 years,” NOMA said in its e-mail.
These types of crimes occur more frequently at this time of year because it gets darker earlier, Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks told the Daily Press earlier this week.
Similar crimes were reported just east of the city border in West L.A., she said.
The rash of burglaries for which Perkins is being questioned took place primarily on Montana Avenue, police said.
Detectives have not ruled out that other suspects may be involved and are continuing their investigation.
Perkins bail was set at $250,000.