A man suspected of trying to enter a victim’s Manhattan Beach home and then stealing items from unlocked vehicles has been arrested, thanks in part to his choice of footwear.

An officer was dispatched Sunday to the 3200 block of Oak Avenue to investigate overnight thefts from vehicles, according to Manhattan Beach police Sgt. Tim Zins.

“When the officer contacted the victims, it was determined several items had been stolen from unlocked vehicles,” Zins said. “One of the victims alerted the officer that she had video surveillance of the suspect committing the crime.”

A review of the footage showed a man wearing slippers approach the locked front door of a residence and attempt to open it. The man then walked to the victim’s unlocked cars and took “miscellaneous items,” before continuing down the street and taking property from other unlocked vehicles, Zins said.

“Due to the suspect wearing slippers in the video, the officer had the foresight to check a local hotel near the crime scene to see if the suspect was staying at the hotel,” the sergeant said.

Once it was determined the suspect was indeed a guest at the hotel, detectives set up surveillance and spotted the man leaving the property, Zins said.

“A traffic stop was initiated and the suspect was taken into custody,” Zins said. “Several stolen items were recovered from the vehicle and the suspect was booked at the Manhattan Beach Police Department jail (on suspicion of) attempt residential burglary, theft from a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property.”

The man’s name and age were not immediately available.

Zins said numerous property crimes could be prevented if residents would simply lock their cars and homes as a matter of course. He also reminded the public to report any suspicious activity by calling local police at (310) 545-4566, or 911 in the case of an emergency.

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