On October 16, 2015, at about 1:30 a.m. the victims of a vehicle burglary contacted the police department to make a report. The victims parked their vehicle in downtown Structure 4 (at 1321 2nd Street) at about 7:30 p.m. When they returned to the unlocked vehicle at about 1:00 a.m., they discovered several items were missing including a backpack with credit cards inside and a laptop computer. During the police officer’s investigation, one of the victims received information from a credit card company that one of the stolen cards had been used to rent a room at the Hotel Carmel on 2nd Street. Additional officers responded to the hotel and confirmed that the occupants of one of the establishment’s rooms had used the victim’s credit card to check in. The officers gained access to the room and discovered the suspect, identified as Gabriel Brunet, along with the victims’ property. Brunet was arrested for access card fraud, grand theft, identity theft, and possessing stolen property. Brunet, 26, of Santa Monica, had bail set at $50,000.

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