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Santa Monica Man With Bench Warrants Arrested While Rummaging Through Recycling

Alert Police Blotter: Re-Recycling.

Posted Mar. 12, 2014, 9:05 am

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

Bail was not granted to a 51-year-old Santa Monica man with two bench warrants on Saturday, March 1 after a police officer came across him rummaging through a recycling container while being in possession of a controlled substance.

An officer of the Santa Monica Police Department who was on routine patrol in the 2000 block of the alley of 17th Street at 8:20 pm on this day noticed this man was removing items from a city recycling container.

This is in violation of a city ordinance that prohibits the removal of such items from such containers.

The officer intervened immediately and stopped this crime from continuing. The officer then discovered that the suspect was on probation.

The officer subsequently searched the suspect and speedily located some methamphetamine accompanied by a pipe designed for the smoking of the drug upon his person.

The officer arrested this Santa Monica resident and charged him with the aforementioned city ordinance violation along with possession of a controlled substance as well as two bench warrants.

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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Mar. 12, 2014, 1:00:12 pm

Hey SM said...

Come on, he was digging for bottles in the bin like every homeless guy trying to make a nickel. Do something constructive about the homeless problem!

Mar. 13, 2014, 12:14:20 pm

Michele said...

Rules are rules it weems

Mar. 14, 2014, 10:08:00 am


Its illegal to directly RECYCLE materials in a RECYCLING BIN? These individuals are making use of materials that would otherwise be transported a significant distance and processed, costing the tax payers a lot. This is a great example of a pathetic police force wasting time targeting and attacking the underprivileged, while white collar crimes go unnoticed or are paid off through our charade of a 'legal system'. This man clearly needs help recovering and stabilizing his life, not additional incarcerations. The Santa Monica police disgust me. They care more about keeping the city pretty for rich people, than they do about the actual people. Scum.

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