Occupy L.A.: Shoplifting, drug violations, drunkenness reported
The Los Angeles Police Department said arrests in the general area around the camp are up, including charges of disorderly conduct, drug violations, public drunkenness and lewd acts.
In the nearby L.A. Mall, a CVS employee said that $730 worth of toiletries, alcohol and first-aid supplies had been stolen from the store over a two-week period in late October. In the report filed Oct. 27 with mall security, the employee said "thefts were occurring because [of] the newly frequent visits from the Occupy L.A. people."
Occupy L.A. representatives didn't dispute the claim, noting that many of the protesters don't have jobs or money.
Serious crimes more than doubled in the area around Occupy Los Angeles during the first 45 days since the protesters began their encampment, LAPD officials said.
From Oct. 1 to Monday, the LAPD reported 24 arrests on charges that included robbery, theft and aggravated assault.
The reporting area is bounded by Temple, 2nd, Hill and Alameda streets.
The LAPD reported a total of 102 arrests, compared with 60 during the same 45-day period in 2010.
-- Angel Jennings and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Tents along Spring Street at L.A. City Hall. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times