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SMPD Make Burglary Arrests for Suspected Mail Theft
On February 4, 2022, at about 11:40 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Idaho Avenue, regarding a theft that just occurred. The reporting party provided a description of the suspects, and said one was carrying a large amount of mail, as they were last seen walking southbound on 5th Street.
When SMPD officers arrived on scene they learned that several mailboxes in a multi-unit complex had been broken into. A witness informed them that two suspicious persons were seen walking in between buildings in the 900 block of 5th Street. Officers located discarded mail and packages thrown about on that block. While searching the area, officers contacted two individuals in the 1000 block of Alley 4, that matched the description of the suspects.
During the course of their investigation, officers found multiple pieces of mail addressed to several nearby addresses inside the backpack of Sam Michael Davis, a 25-year-old male of Los Angeles. Also, inside his bag, officers located multiple tools commonly used during the commission of a burglary (bolt-cutters, pliers, and screwdrivers). Officers discovered what appeared to be methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and additional tools on the second subject’s person. He was later identified as Anthony Lucas Noles, a 30-year-old male of Los Angeles. Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Santa Monica Police Jail.
• Davis was booked for 459 PC – Burglary, 466 PC – Possession of Burglary Tools, 496 PC – Receiving Stolen Property and 530.5€ PC – Theft of Mail
• Noles was booked for 459 PC – Burglary, 466 PC – Possession of Burglary Tools, 11377(a) H&S – Possession of Methamphetamine, 11364(a)(1) H&S – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Anyone with any additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Holloway at 310-458-8934 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.
Submitted by: Rudy Flores, Lieutenant