Grand Theft Suspects Arrested By SMPD

April 30, 2024 ·

Agustin Vega. Photo courtesy of Santa Monica Police Department.

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News via email that two suspects involved in a grand theft had been arrested as of Monday, April 29. The suspects were charged on suspicion of committing two counts each of burglary from a vehicle and grand theft.

On April 24, at 12:24 pm, a dark colored Nissan Altima with three occupants pulled into the Chevron at 1344 Santa Monica Boulevard and stopped next to an open car door of a vehicle getting gas. One of the suspects took the victim’s purse from the front seat.

At about 12:30 p.m., the same Altima pulled into the Sinclair gas station at 1944 Pico Boulevard and stopped in front of the second victim’s vehicle at the pumps. The rear passenger in the Altima opened the victim’s car door, took the victim’s purse, and fled with the other suspects.

Around 30 minutes later, the same suspects shattered the window of a vehicle parked at the Shell station at 1866 Lincoln Boulevard and stole a laptop, iPad, and other property.
The suspects were tracked and arrested with the assistance of the Hawthorne Police Department. Officers recovered several hundred dollars and most of the victims’ property.

Raul Santino Lopez.
Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Police Department.

On April 26, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed felony burglary and grand theft charges (487a PC and 459 PC):

-Raul Santino Lopez, 20, of Richmond
-Agustin Jesus Vega, 21, of Richmond

Lopez and Vega do not have a significant arrest history in the state of California. Anyone with details related to the incident or the suspects is asked to contact Detective Tavera at Hector. or the Watch Commander 24 hours at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Next Post

Free Bike Repairs At Public Works Day

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills will celebrate Public Works Day on Sunday, May 19. The goal of Public Works is to educate the public on the 200 plus employees committed to maintaining and strengthening Beverly Hills’ infrastructure including: traffic…
Previous Post

Feedback Wanted On Sunset Arts And Ad Program

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Friday, April 26, the city of West Hollywood disclosed that they want community members to provide feedback on proposed policy changes to the Sunset Arts & Advertising Program. “The Sunset Strip has been a premier outdoor advertising venue…
Random Post

Nurses Address Unsafe Patient Conditions At UCLA

WESTWOOD—Nurses affiliated with the California Nurses Association, which represents more than 18,000 nurses at the University of California, are calling upon the University of California – Los Angeles to address unsafe patient practices within their facilities.   “We have tried to warn UCLA…
Random Post

LAFD Contain Brush Fire In Brentwood

BRENTWOOD—On Tuesday, August 3, at approximately 1:27 p.m., firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LAFD) responded to the 16200 block of West Mulholland Drive about a reported brush fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found approximately one-quarter acre of heavy…
Random Post

Residents Escape Santa Monica Apartment Fire

SANTA MONICA—Captain Patrick McNulty, Public Information Officer for the Santa Monica Fire Department indicated in an email to Canyon News that on Sunday, April 2, they received multiple 911 calls at 10:39 a.m. of a structure fire at 1011 4th…
Random Post

Officer-Involved Shooting Unfolds On Laurel Canyon Blvd

LAUREL CANYON—The Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting that transpired in the North Hollywood Division on November 30 around 2:30 p.m. Patrol officers responded to a radio call for an “Assault with a Deadly…