On June 21 at 7:25 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the city animal shelter regarding an attempted burglary.
Animal Control officers discovered the padlock and clasp on one of the kennels was damaged and found a rock lying outside the gate. No entry to the kennel was made. A stray dog found the day before was still inside the kennel.
The owner of the dog, Hansel DeBartolo, who had been notified via phone that his dog was in custody, arrived at the shelter while officers were on scene. DeBartolo told officers he jumped the animal shelter fence the night before, searched the storage shed for a tool and attempted to break the padlock with a rock.
Debartolo, 34, from West Hollywood, was arrested for burglary. 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.