On November 12, 2015 at about 3:13 p.m., the spa manager at the Loew’s hotel called police to report a suspect stealing towels from the fitness center. The manager told responding officers that at about 1:40 p.m. she was flagged down by a customer regarding a transient stealing hotel property.

The manager found the possible thief, described as a white female in her mid to late 40s wearing a distinctive blue towel wrapped around her head, carrying two stacks of towels and a wooden box. When she was confronted by the manager, the suspect dropped one stack of towels and quickly armed herself with a knife. The manager backed away, and the suspect vacated the building through an emergency exit.

The manager notified security staff to pull the surveillance video of the incident. When officers arrived they viewed the footage of the suspect and obtained information for the report. At about 7:15 p.m. the same officers were in the area of Ocean and Pico when they spotted the suspect and her distinctive blue head towel. Upon further investigation, the officers located several purloined towels in the suspect’s property and on her person. They arrested her for robbery and a probation violation and transported the suspect to jail for booking. Renee Lamb, 43, homeless, was held without bail.