The first day of classes recorded possession of marijuana for sale, hit-and-run property damage and defacing public property. Santa Monica College Police Sgt. Jere Romano confirms that the most common crimes on campus are petty theft, possession of marijuana and hit-and-run property damage.
On Feb. 11 around 3 p.m., hit-and-run property damage occurred in the college's parking structure, lot three, nearest to the Corsair Field. Minor damages included a broken rear passenger side light, as well as the white vehicle’s transfer paint. Information was taken, but there were no witnesses.
The same parking structure had an incident of petty theft on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m., when a parking permit was stolen from an unsecured vehicle.
Wednesday, Feb. 13 an adult was cited with possession of marijuana around 11:40 a.m. on the college's satellite Bundy Campus at 3171 S. Bundy Drive. A male student was seen smoking marijuana, and was later detained and issued a citation.
Compared to last semester's first week of classes, these crimes are almost identical. Within the first week of last fall, 13 crimes were reported, also including petty theft, possession of marijuana and hit-and-run property damage. Most incidents were of petty theft occurring on campus at the Liberal Arts and Cosmetology Buildings.
Anyone who sees any suspicious behavior or crime is urged to call the Santa Monica College police immediately at (310) 434-4300.