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Alert Police Blotter: Check This Out!

Santa Monica Resident Arrested After Check Bounces At Auto Body Shop

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 9:08 am

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

A 41-year-old Santa Monica resident was arrested on Friday, Jan. 31 after writing a bad check that bounced at an auto body shop.

This story began on Nov. 19, 2013, when officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to an auto body shop located in the 1600 block of 14th Street in order to investigate a report of a woman writing a bad check in the amount of $2,830.69.

The officers learned that the woman had written the check to the owner of the company after he had performed work on her car.

The check had bounced, and despite repeated attempts by the company owner to recover the funds from the woman, she had not complied.

The case was sent to the desk of a detective and he conducted a search warrant of the suspect’s bank account and discovered that on the date that she wrote the check she did not have sufficient funds to cover the amount.

This constituted the crime of passing a fictitious check with the intent to defraud, and the detective obtained a warrant for her arrest.

This resident was arrested and charged with the aforementioned crime on Jan. 31. Her bail was set at $5,000.

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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Feb. 11, 2014, 9:57:06 am

candy said...

I cannot believe that this story made the paper. This poor woman. There are so many people that do this knowing that they will have money in their account. This is just drama.

Feb. 11, 2014, 11:04:46 am

Richard said...

What a waste of police resources. How about using a Collection agency, like everyone else? Let's put more effort policing the gangs on Pico, and the multiple burglaries on Montana.

Feb. 11, 2014, 4:57:14 pm

John el-amin said...

Santa Monica is a dream city. Gang activity on any level is a deadly nightmare. Coexistence with ingrained sociopathic behavior is not possible or healthy. Living in SM is like being in an oasis of enlightenment but you can lead horses to water but you cannot make them drink - worn cliche but true. Either the good people will have to move or the bad folks have to go.

Feb. 15, 2014, 4:22:04 pm

Rhonda said...

In reply to Candy....If this same woman came up to you and stole your wallet with the same amount of money in it I bet your answer would not be the same. She is not a "poor woman" but a thief.

Feb. 18, 2014, 10:27:33 am

candy said...

@Rhonda..I see your point and I agree that she should be penalized, but I am not sure that she did it intentionally. My point is that the PD was involved and it made the paper..that is what is so bizarre to me.

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