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Cops Arrest Man For Recharging His Cellphone Again At CVS Pharmacy

Alert Police Blotter: Power Cut

Posted May. 27, 2013, 9:10 am

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

On Wednesday, May 15, at 2:24 p.m., officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the CVS Pharmacy at 2505 Santa Monica Boulevard to investigate a report of power (presumably of the electrical kind) “stolen” from the retailer.

The suspect, it was stated in the call, was a known troublemaker at the store.

When the officers arrived at the scene they spoke with the store manager who told them the suspect had previously entered the store and exposed himself, as well as being in a state of intoxication while visiting the premises.

The manager told the officers that he was desirous of a private person’s arrest for the theft of the electricity (the man had apparently used a power outlet at the store as a means to recharge his cellphone).

The officers, after hearing from the manager that this man had been warned about stealing power on several previous occasions, arrested this 36-year-old homeless man.

He was charged (?) with theft of utility services, violation of probation, and a pair of outstanding warrants.

Bail was set at $15,000.


Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website,

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May. 28, 2013, 3:14:18 pm

Monika said...

Amy: THANK YOU!!! for responding my exact thoughts after reading yesterday, what Walter wrote. It saddens me to know there's people like him living in SM and yet, it makes sense now, ever since I started working in Venice, I understand why some or most of the Venice residents has so much hate towards SM... I have lived in SM since 1984, worked here ever since, except the last 4 years in Venice. What I've noticed, that SM customers loves to bitch and complain about absolutely everything, and Venice customers do not...they're the most easy going people I've encountered that don't have their noses stuck up in the air thinking they're better than everyone... And Walter, you're talking about class? Where's I think you got none!! "the poor; they are how they are by choice" How about you read this: from a homeless kid on Skid row that did NOT choose that way.. your attitude makes me sick, and to the fact that you said your father (unfortunately) passed his wealth on to you, I hope from the bottom of my heart, that that money will be stolen, lost, waisted, or whatever it takes for you not to have it in your possession unless you come out of your bubble. Your selfish attitude, lack of compassion and empathy and understanding of the REAL world, which clearly was something that was not handed down to you with your fathers money.....I wouldn't be surprised if your father is turning in his grave seeing how you act towards other people with different problems than you and me. I dare you to come with me one evening to help feed the homeless on skid row....but you probably don't have the guts!!! PS! there is something that's called "change in behavior for the better" I think you're the perfect candidate in every way shape and form, and you don't even have to spend a penny (from your fathers hard earned money <- I assume, while he rest in peace!) Karma Walter, karma....think about it for a minute, and I will do what I can, to find other people on the board dealing with high class social functions as I am almost sure and hope, do not have the same narrow mind as you and hopefully be able to talk some sense into yours!

May. 27, 2013, 12:38:25 pm

Michele said...

It seems like he was arrested more for exposimg himself than the power theft

May. 27, 2013, 1:26:38 pm

Walter said...

Ugh. When will we get rid of these poor homeless people once and for all. Thank you Tim Broughton for exposing the poor and homeless as the low-life creatures they are. You are a hero to those of us in Santa Monica with class and means. My father didn't pass his wealth to me for me to live in close approximation to the homeless. Santa Monica for the rich!! Forever!! Show no compassion to the poor; they are how they are by choice. Thanks once again Mr. Broughton. I am on the board of a few high class social functions, we are considering a reward for your hard work in keeping Santa Monica 'clean.'

May. 27, 2013, 7:21:22 pm

Amy said...

I have been a Santa Monica resident and homeowner since 1991 and am thus very familiar with the homeless "problem" in this city. I hope Walter posted what he said as a joke, because if it's not a joke, I'd rather live in close approximation with the homeless than with this guy. I have way more compassion for the poor and the homeless than for heartless rich, snobs like Walter. The homeless person who was arrested needs therapy and medication, not bigotry and hate.

May. 27, 2013, 9:08:53 pm

Robert (Bob) Smith said...

This homeless man sounds like he has psychological problems that he needs help (if he is willing) with. It must be remembered that even though it is some years since the Sub Prime Mortgage

May. 28, 2013, 12:51:09 am

Whiz said...

Thank u CVS! Cell phone power charging theft is why we must pay too much for our Doritos! Arrest more who dare to charge! Go CVS! Go.

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