On March 23 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were conducting routine patrol in the area of 2nd Street and Washington Avenue due to numerous reported residential and vehicle burglaries when they observed a male riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the roadway and onto the sidewalk.
Officers initiated a traffic stop on the man, later identified as Nicholas Cashen, 33, of Los Angeles.
When officers asked to search Cashen’s possessions, they found pliers, wire cutters, bolt cutters, a flat-head screwdriver, gloves, a flashlight, checks in the name of another person and various cards belonging to others.
When Cashen was asked why he was in possession of these tools, he stated that he had to work on his bike.
Cashen was arrested for possession of blank checks with intent to defraud and possession of burglary tools. Bail was set at $20,000.
Note: Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.