Commercial Burglary Suspect Charged

On August 30, the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office filed three counts of 459 PC – Burglary against Jason Tyrone Strickland, a 42-year-old homeless male, for his involvement in three separate incidents that occurred at the same location. On August 26, at about 3:28 a.m., Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers were dispatched to an in-progress burglary at CULT Restaurant (1460 3rd Street Promenade). Comments of the call indicated the sensor to the front window was activated.

The reporting party was able to see a male inside the establishment, through a live security surveillance feed, and recognized him as the same subject from a prior burglary. When officers arrived on scene, they contacted Strickland inside the restaurant and took him into custody. Officers located a metal bar used to pry open a window.

The security surveillance footage showed Strickland attempting to access the cash register and safe. Detectives were able to connect Strickland to two other recent incidents. On August 20, security surveillance footage shows Strickland breaking into the restaurant and stealing cash and two bottles of wine.

On August 22, SMPD Officers were dispatched to the CULT restaurant to investigate a burglary alarm. Inside they located Strickland and arrested him. He was subsequently issued a citation due to California’s emergency zero bail order.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident or individual is encouraged to contact Detective Amersfoort with the Criminal Investigation Division at 310-458-8944.

Submitted by Lieutenant Rudy Flores

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