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Santa Monica Police Arrest Two Suspects in REI Looting
By Jorge Casuso
September 28, 2020 -- Police have made two more arrests in connection with the highly publicized looting of the REI store in Downtown Santa Monica during the riots that broke out in the upscale beach city on May 31.
Los Angeles residents Marques Miles and Misty Jones were arrested September 17 after police monitored video footage from the store at 402 Santa Monica Boulevarrd, said Police Captain Saul Rodriguez.
They "observed two individuals stealing items from the store" and "were able to identify two subjects during the investigation," Rodriguez said.
After obtaining warrants to search the Los Angeles residences of Miles and Jones, Santa Monica officers recovered some $2,500 worth of property stolen from REI, police said.
Both suspects were arrested and booked for burglary and burglary during a State of Emergency, Rodriguez said. Bail for each was set at $50,000.
REI was one of 220 Santa Monica businesses damaged and one of 76 stores looted during a spree of violence that swept through the Downtown area unchecked for hours ("Santa Monica Demonstration Turns Violent, Looters Ransack Stores," June 1, 2020).
Dramatic footage of the violent rampage -- which went viral on the internet -- was aired live by local television stations and picked up by national and foreign media.
Footage aired by KTTV Fox Los Angeles showed a young woman holding a sign that read "End All Violence" shielding REI's front entrance before she was accosted by looters who smashed the storefront window with a skateboard and hammer.
The arrests of Miles and Jones come two-and-a-half months after two other suspects were arrested for looting the VANS and REI stores ("Two Suspects Arrested in Santa Monica Looting Spree," July 7, 2020).
Sebastian Martinez, 24, of El Segundo, and Christopher Gutierrez, 19, who is homeless, were arrested after SMPD detectives "scoured hours of security video and social media posts" and identified the getaway vehicle, police said.
Anyone with information related to the ongoing investigation should call Sergeant Artis Williams at (310) 458-8475 or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.
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