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By Lookout Staff

February 7, 2022 -- Police arrested four suspects in two separate incidents Sunday -- one involving the possession of tools used to steal catalytic converters, the other for burglarizing mailboxes.

The first two suspects were arrested at around 2:30 a.m. when officers responding to recent catalytic converter thefts noticed a black Honda Odyssey commit a traffic violation.

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Mail boxes broken into by suspected burglars and the tools they used (Courtesy SMPD)

The officers stopped the vehicle in the 1000 block of 11th Street and, after contacting the occupants, "noticed a battery-powered reciprocating saw, in plain view, staged to be readily accessible," according to police.

As they continued to investigate, the officers "also discovered a floor jack, saw blades, and other miscellaneous tools inside the vehicle," said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.

A computer check showed that the driver was unlicensed and on probation for grand theft, Flores said.

The officers also found the passenger had drug paraphernalia "commonly used to smoke methamphetamine."

Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Santa Monica Jail for possession of burglary tools, police said.

In addition, the driver was charged for driving without a license and the passenger for possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Sunday night at around 11:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Idaho Avenue regarding a theft that had just taken place, according to police.

"The reporting party provided a description of the suspects, and said one was carrying a large amount of mail, as they were last seen walking southbound on 5th Street," Flores said.

When SMPD officers arrived at the scene "they learned that several mailboxes in a multi-unit complex had been broken into."

A witness informed them that two "suspicious persons were seen walking in between buildings in the 900 block of 5th Street," Flores said.

Officers found discarded mail and packages "thrown about on that block" and contacted two men in a nearby alley that matched the description of the suspects, he said.

While conducting an investigation, officers "found multiple pieces of mail addressed to several nearby addresses inside the backpack" of Sam Michael Davis, a 25-year-old resident of Los Angeles.

In the bag, officers also found bolt-cutters, pliers, and screwdrivers, which are "tools commonly used during the commission of a burglary," Flores said.

The second suspect, identified as Anthony Lucas Noles, a 30-year-old resident of Los Angeles, had "what appeared to be methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and additional tools."

Both suspects were arrested and booked into Santa Monica jail for burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Davis was also booked for receiving stolen property and theft of mail, while Noles was booked for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with any additional information concerning Sunday's incidents should call Detective Holloway at 310-458-8934 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.

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