SANTA BARBARA, CA — (12-08-22) — An arrest in two adult store robberies has been made by the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD). According to Lieutenant Rudy Flores of the Santa Monica Police Department, officers arrested a homeless man for the robbery of two local adult novelty stores.

Kelly Blake Carr, 47, was arrested on Dec. 3 after a brief chase that originated at the Adult Love Boutique located at 1319 Santa Monica Blvd. During their investigation officers connected Carr to a second robbery at the Secret Desires adult novelty store located at 2432 Lincoln Blvd.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed two counts of Robbery against Carr on December 6.

According to Lieutenant Rudy Flores…”On Dec. 3, at about 4:30 p.m., SMPD officers responded to an armed robbery at 1319 Santa Monica Blvd (Adult Love Boutique). The employee indicated the suspect was armed with a handgun and stole money before he fled. Officers arrived in less than two minutes and attempted to detain a man they saw changing his clothing near the crime scene. The suspect, later identified as Kelly B. Carr, disobeyed the officers’ commands and fled on his bicycle.

Flores continued by saying taht SMPD Officers gave chase and eventually detained Carr in the BMW dealership parking lot at 12th and Santa Monica. Officers recovered a backpack and replica handgun Carr discarded while attempting to escape. Officers also located the stolen cash and a clear plastic baggie containing a white crystalline substance resembling methamphetamine on Carr’s person.”

According to the lieutenant, Kelly Blake Carr admitted to the crime and was identified by multiple witnesses.

Officers also discovered Carr had a warrant out of Desoto Parish Sheriff’s County for burglary and an out-of-state warrant on drug charges. SMPD Detectives believe Carr may be responsible for other robberies in the area that may lead to additional charges.

Anyone with any information pertaining to these cases are asked to contact Detective I. Tavera at 310-458-2201 ext. 2256 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.

Article by: Andy Powell, Staff Writer

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