SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate a man who is tied to seven burglaries involving businesses in the city.
On Thursday, May 20, the SMPD released a public bulletin with a description of the suspect who is believed to have stolen from seven different stores, offices and salons. He is described as an African American male in his 20s, with short dreadlocks, a thin build, and a mustache. He wore a colorful backpack with a picture of Bart Simpson on it. He was seen wearing a camouflage hoodie, a black long sleeve with the brand Puma printed on it, grey pants with black stripes, and a blue bandana.
The suspect has been caught on camera entering businesses, going through the employees’ only door, and taking personal items. He has been known for going into businesses during the daytime. Lt. Rudy Flores from the SMPD stated that wallets, cell phones, and other property from employees had been stolen.
Authorities have increased their patrols in the areas of the burglaries hoping to identify and arrest the suspect. Businesses being targeted are located on Wilshire Boulevard, Montana Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard. Lt. Flores noted the city’s Community Affairs Unit is communicating with local businesses on how to keep their places safe and will continue to do so until the suspect is captured.
The SMPD is relying on assistance from the public and is encouraging anyone with information to reach out. To relay any information contact Detective P. Zamfirov at (310)-458-8398, Sgt. C. Green at (310)-458-8414, or the Watch Commander at (310)-458-2249.