August 12, 2021 3:17 PM
At around 5:35 a.m. on August 12, 2021, officers from the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) were dispatched to investigate an active break-in into a vehicle parked in the secured parking lot at 1833 Lincoln Blvd, Rainbow Carpet Cleaners.
When the officers arrived on site, they heard a grinding noise under a white Ford pickup. They observed a male subject later identified as Alexander Torres, a 28-year-old man from Los Angeles, who was holding a flashlight. Torres made eye contact with a police officer and attempted to escape, but was immediately taken into custody without incident.
SMPD officials confirmed that Torres tried to steal the catalytic converter from the pickup truck. The officers found a reciprocating saw, metal blades and the flashlight that Torres was holding.
Torres was booked at the Santa Monica Jail for 487 PC – Grand Theft. Officials also learned that Torres was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon.
Anyone with additional information about this incident or person is encouraged to contact Criminal Investigations Division 310-458-8451 or the Santa Monica Department Guard Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.