On Sept. 4 at approximately 8:35 p.m.,Santa Monica police officers observed two subjects riding bicycles southbound on the west sidewalk in the 1400 block of 7th Street. One of the subjects was having difficulty riding his bike, partly because he was holding a can of a Four Loko alcoholic beverage in one hand. As the officers watched the men, the subject with the can kept spilling liquid on the ground as he struggled to maintain his balance. As the subject attempted to pedal, he threw the Four Loko can, striking the wall of the fire station at 1444 7th St. The officers detained both subjects for riding their bikes on the sidewalk and possibly being under the influence. The subject with the can, later identified as Miguel Antonio Espinoza, 21, showed several signs of alcohol intoxication, including red and watery eyes and slurred speech. The officers placed him under arrest for public intoxication and, subsequent to his arrest, searched his backpack. Inside, the officers located 14 Banana Republic shirts, a green purse and seven Lucky brand sweaters, all with price tags and electronic security tags still attached. Espinoza was transported to the Santa Monica Jail to be booked for possession of stolen property and outstanding warrants. The following day, Banana Republic reported the theft of merchandise and provided surveillance footage showing the incident. Espinoza’s bail was set at $100,000.

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