On June 23 at approximately 7:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were patrolling the large Santa Monica Pier beach parking lot when they saw a woman in the driver’s seat of a car dumping trash on the ground. They also noticed her vehicle had a flat tire and a jack on the ground nearby.
Officers contacted the woman to ask if she needed assistance with her vehicle. While speaking with her, an officer checked the license plate and found the vehicle was stolen out of Los Angeles the day prior. Officers questioned her about the vehicle and she told them the car belonged to her brother, who was in the bathroom. They further examined the vehicle and saw the steering column was broken open and the ignition was damaged. They were not able to locate her brother or any other potential occupants. Based on their observations, they placed her under arrest for the theft of the vehicle.
Subsequent to the arrest, officers searched the vehicle and found several items of drug paraphernalia along with personal property belonging to the woman. A criminal history check revealed the woman to also be on probation for assault.
Margaret Borrayo, of Sylmar, was held without bail.