Santa Monica police arrested a man who was caught red-handed trying to steal a catalytic converter.
According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), at around 5:35 a.m. on Aug. 12, officers were dispatched to investigate an active break-in into a vehicle parked in the secured parking lot on 1833 Lincoln Boulevard at 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 tried to escape, but was immediately taken into custody without incident, “SMPD Lieutenant Rudy Flores said in a press release.
According to Flores, officials confirmed that Torres was trying to steal the catalyst from the pickup truck to find a reciprocating saw, metal blades, and the flashlight that Torres was holding.
Torres was booked for a major theft. Officials also learned that Torres was on parole for assault with a lethal weapon.