On June 4 at about 7:45 p.m.,Santa Monica police officers from the downtown bike patrol unit were flagged down by a loss prevention agent from the Apple store at 1415 Third St.
The agent told the officers a suspect inside the store was attempting to buy a new iPhone with a fraudulent credit card.
When officers entered the store, the suspect stood up and looked as if he was going to try and run away. The suspect complied with the officers’ commands to sit down, though, and was then taken into custody without bail.
The suspect, identified as Durrell Lambert, 31, of Santa Monica, admitted he was aware the credit card was fraudulent but said a man he met earlier that day gave him the card and instructed him to buy the phone.
The suspect also admitted that he used the same card to purchase a phone earlier that day at a store in Manhattan Beach.