Three More Catalytic Converter Thieves Arrested
April 8, 2021
The Santa Monica Police Department made an arrest of three burglary suspects discovered during a trespassing call on Friday night.
On March 26, 2021 at about 11:30 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD)officers were dispatched to a trespassing call in the 500 block of Wilshire Blvd.
Three suspects spotted investigating officers, chucked the loot and their tools, and tried to run. After a short foot pursuit, officers detained three men, in the 1200 block of 5th Street.
The suspects were in possession of various burglary tools. Two of the suspects were also in possession of handheld two-way radios. Officers believe these individuals were responsible for other burglaries in the area.
All three suspects had prior theft-related arrests and convictions. Arrested and charged were Rudy Barrios, 30, Eduardo Manzo Rangel, 23 and Miguel Barrientos, 32.
The SMPD arrested 3 different men the previous week, on the same charges. All six were believed to have entered the United States illegally.