Santa Monica Police arrest suspected catalyst thief

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.

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