Man Steals $196k Car from Valet Service on Abbot Kinney

Update: NBC adds that it happened outside of FEED Body and Soul and that the car belonged to FEED owner DeAnna Staats.

A valet parking attendant on Abbot Kinney left an unoccupied car running yesterday when a man entered it and drove away. The car, a $196k (MSRP) Mercedes SLS roadster, was tracked using OnStar to Van Nuys and then Arleta, where LAPD officers arrested twenty year old Dylan Coffey while in possession of the vehicle.

Stolen Mercedes SLS roadster

The recovered vehicle, via LAPD

From the LAPD press release:

Patrol officers found a stolen Mercedes Benz SL5 in the Arleta area yesterday, July 30, about three hours after it had been taken from a valet service at a Venice restaurant on Abbot Kinney Drive. The suspected car thief was arrested after he tried to evade officers and entered a house, donned the resident’s clothes, and tried to feign involvement.

Officers booked Dylan Coffey, 20, for burglary for entering the house in the 13500 block of Reedly Street. Continue reading

Advisory from LAPD Pacific: Lock Your Doors and Windows

From the LAPD Pacific Division:

LAPD

Urgent!! Lock Your Doors and Windows

Last week there were 18 Burglaries in Pacific Division. 14 of which had unlocked doors or windows. Please lock your doors and windows and please pass the word on to your neighbors. No neighborhood is safe from burglars lock, your doors and windows to protect your home and family.

We would be glad to hear any realistic solutions that you may have regarding getting the message to lock your doors and windows out to your neighbors. We post this message on social media, have officers and recruits go door to door, pass the information to community watch groups, and leave flyers, but the issue seems to be getting worse.

Help your neighbors out: pass the word along to please lock your doors and windows to prevent Burglaries.

‘Venice Zipline’ Adds New Murals and New Pricing

Flightlinez has begun installing murals to cover the scaffolding and “k-rails” (as agreed upon in their contract with the City) at their “Venice Beach Zipline” at the Venice Recreation Center.

Venice Beach Zipline

The artists featured on the murals include Chase, Asylm, Lindsey Carron, Hans Walør, Chris Saunders, Joseph Skala and 8′ x 24′ collaborations from John Park and Hans Haveron, Alex and Christopher Couto and Christina Angelina and Gianni Arone (DTOAR). Eight of the projects artists live or have studios near Venice.

The ride operators have also introduced new pricing, with children under 12 riding for $10, weekday “Re-Ride specials” of $5 and also a $50 all day pass available on weekdays.

37th Annual ‘Festival of the Chariots’ This Weekend!

The 37th Annual “Festival of the Chariots” will literally roll into Venice Beach this Sunday, August 4th. The festival commences at 10 a.m. at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and proceeds south on Main St., with three fully decorated, four-story chariots leading a colorful parade toward the Ocean Front Walk Plaza at Windward. It will be interesting to see how the first “post-zipline big event” will share the same space on Windward as the zipline.

Festival of the Chariots Venice Beach 2013

The Festival of the Chariots includes a free feast for thousands, free entertainment and exhibits and booths all bringing together the finest in Indian culture. The festival celebrates Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe, and is put on by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

What is the Festival of the Chariots? Continue reading