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While perusing LAPD logs, we came across a story that shows that crime doesn't pay cause most criminals are stupid.On August 17, 2004 officers were summoned to a Comfort Inn on W. Sunset Blvd. A hotel manager tracked down the suspect at the second hotel after discovering that he'd stolen a painting when he was asked to leave the first hotel. The irate hotel manager recognized the thief's vehicle in the Comfort Inn parking lot and called the cops.

The suspect had been involved in an ADW with a gun the day prior, and was believed to be armed. Nine LAPD officers converged on the scene.

The officers directed the Comfort Inn manager to use a ruse to get the suspect to come out of his room. The manager called the suspect/thief telling him that a chemical spill had occurred, and he had to evacuate immediately.

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As Captain Morris Smith put it in the Northeast Area Neighborhood Newsletter:

"The suspect came out into the waiting arms of the arrest team. A lengthy investigation got underway, and the suspect was found to be in possession of 40 pieces of ID in different names. The truck used by the suspect was located in the parking lot.

Officers located a 13-page property report (read as recovered stolen property) in the back of the suspect’s truck. The handgun used in the ADW the day prior was recovered from inside the cab, and the suspect was found to be in possession of narcotics and an outstanding felony warrant. Did I mention he was on PAROLE? This outstanding caper started at around 2000 hours on the 17th, and the dedicated teams of officers were still in the parking lot packaging evidence when this SLO returned to work the next day at 1000 hours! Good job you guys! A really bad guy goes back to the Big House for quite a while, and not a flashlight in sight."

Hope the hotel painting brightens up the suspect's jail cell.