A 24-year-old man who told police he had entered more than 100 cars in Manhattan Beach over the past six months was arrested on suspicion of burglary- and drug-related offenses.
Shawn Harriett of Rolling Hills Estates was found Thursday night by officers in a vehicle that allegedly contained stolen items, illegal drugs and evidence of identity theft, said Stephanie Martin, public information officer with the Manhattan Beach Police Department.
Harriett was found by officers who responded about 7:10 a.m. to a report of a male slumped over in the driver’s seat of a blue Nissan Xterra in the area of 15th Street and Harkness Avenue, Martin said.
The arrest came after a 5:15 a.m. burglary from a car parked in the 700 block of 35th Street, Martin said.
“Upon arrival, officers verified a vehicle burglary had occurred and approximately $300 in gift cards, $700 in American Martyrs (School) scrip and an unknown amount of U.S. currency was stolen,” Martin said.
They were unable to find a suspect, but about 35 minutes later, someone reported that a male on a skateboard had tried to open car doors in the 700 block of 13th Street, she said, adding that the suspect was last seen riding toward American Martyrs School.
“Again, officers responded but could not locate the subject,” Martin said.
About 90 minutes later, Harriett was located in the Nissan, according to Martin.
In Harriett’s possession was a stolen California driver license, $700 in American Martyrs School scrip, gift cards, narcotics and evidence of identity theft, she said.
“In addition, Harriett had used a stolen credit card this morning at Walgreens in Manhattan Beach,” Martin said.
While detectives interviewed him, Harriett “admitted to being responsible for the crimes which took place this morning, as well as a theft from a vehicle in Manhattan Beach in November 2014 and a theft from a vehicle in Hermosa Beach in October 2014,” Martin said.
“Shawn Harriett stated he had entered over 100 cars in Manhattan Beach over the past six months and when asked why he came to Manhattan Beach, he said, ‘You can come up in the beach cities, especially Manhattan Beach, every car is unlocked,”‘ Martin said.
Harriett was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property, burglary, fraud, possession of narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia, Martin said.
Bail was set at $20,000, she said.
—City News Service