Crime

Suspect in Ventura Blvd. vandalism: 58-year-old broker

encino-commons-sign-lao.jpgMichael Steven Poret has an investment brokerage office on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and a home in the posh hills of Encino. Still, police have now arrested him twice as the suspect in a siege of broken windows on Ventura Boulevard and in Beverly Hills. They don't claim to know his motive because he won't talk about it. From the Daily News:

For months, detectives all over the San Fernando Valley and in Beverly Hills have been looking for the man who's been firing ball bearings and marbles into dozens of windows, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Some businesses were hit four times.


By all indications, the attacks were random.

On Thursday, police arrested Poret in the attacks for the second time this month. In between the two arrests, at least a dozen more businesses were vandalized, one business owner said. Poret has not been charged in any of the incidents that followed his first arrest, but many investigations are still open.

When police served a search warrant at Poret's house Thursday morning, they found a small arsenal: marbles, ball bearings, a BB gun and a slingshot, Los Angeles Police Detective William Dunn said.

Poret has been booked on separate felony vandalism charges in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, including three in Encino.

Well, you don't see this every day.


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