santamonica.gov – Commercial Burglary Arrest

March 24, 2022 4:42 p.m.

On March 20, 2022, at approximately 2:50 a.m., officers from the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) were dispatched to investigate a commercial burglary at 1709 Pico Blvd, Dr. T House.

When SMPD officers arrived on the scene, they noticed that the glass door to the business was broken. They were reported by the whistleblower, who provided them with a description of the suspect and his direction of travel. Officers drove through the 1900 block of 17 Alley and located the described man, later identified as Austin Reed Turner-Crawford, a 24-year-old homeless man.

SMPD officers recovered 3 stolen Apple iPads and US currency from Turner-Crawford. He was also in possession of a cylindrical pipe, commonly used as drug paraphernalia. Turner-Crawford was placed under arrest and then transported to the Santa Monica police jail. He was convicted of burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding burglary warrant.

SMPD detectives believe Turner-Crawford may be responsible for other recent commercial burglaries in the area.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Zamfirov at 310-458-8398 or the shift commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.

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