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|Santa Monica Police Arrest Flight School Nail Culprit|
By Jorge Casuso
June 6, 2012 -- A Venice man was arrested Thursday night after he was caught tossing nails into the driveways of flight schools flanking the municipal airport.
Jeremiah Aaron Kean Mayman, 31, was observed by airport police who had been on alert after six similar incidents at Santa Monica flights schools were reported over the past several months, police officials said.
"It's been done several times before with the same nails in the same manner," said Sgt. Richard Lewis, the Police Department spokesman. "We had added patrols and were on the lookout."
Lewis said investigators are trying to determine if Mayman, who was tossing nails as he rode his bicycle on Airport Avenue Thursday night, is responsible for the other incidents.
In each reported, case, 1.5-inch roofing nails were found on the driveways of different flight schools along the street, police said.
Hundreds of nails were used in the incidents, police said.
The first nails were found in late March, but it was not until more nails were found on a flight school driveway on April 18 that a police report was filed.
Mayam was arrested for attempted felony vandalism and was released on $20,000 bail.
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