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By Lookout Staff

January 12, 2022 -- A suspected burglar who was arrested by Santa Monica police after he returned to the scene of the crime wearing the victim's shirt was charged by County prosecutors Thursday.

Mynor Calderon aka: Jose Manuel Rojas, a 23-year-old homeless male, was also charged by the LA County District Attorney's office with providing false information to a peace officer, police said.

Burglary suspect Jose Rojas
Mynor Calderon aka: Jose Manuel Rojas (Courtesy SMPD)
The incident took place January 6 after police took a report of a stolen safe at a residence in the 200 block of California Avenue, according to police.

A forensics specialist who responded to take photos and lift latent prints was talking with the victim outside the multi-family building when a man, who was later identified as Calderon, walked by.

"The victim immediately noticed that Calderon was wearing a shirt that belonged to him," said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.

When the victim and forensics specialist returned to the unit, they discovered the front door "was now closed and locked," Flores said.

Officers, including a K9 officer and his partner, were called in to investigate, Flores said.

When they searched the residence, they found Calderon inside a bedroom and took him into custody without incident.

"Calderon was carrying a backpack and holding property belonging to the victim," Flores said. "He also initially provided police officers a fictitious name."

At the station, SMPD officers learned Calderon's true identity and discovered that he had a no bail warrant for assault with a deadly Weapon out of Los Angeles, Flores said. He was booked for his offenses.

Anyone with any additional information pertaining to this incident should call Detective Zamfirov at 310-458-8398 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.


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