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A VENICE MAN IS FACING BURGLARY CHARGES AFTER POLICE SAY HE SMASHED THE WINDOW OF A CAR IN THE PUBLIC BEACH PARKING LOT AT THE VENICE PIER ON WEDNESDAY. ACCORDING TO THE VENICE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A BEACH GOER HEARD A CAR ALARM AND APPROACHED HIS VEHICLE. THERE, HE FOUND 48 YEAR OLD JAMES CARSON STANDING BETWEEN HIS OWN CAR AND THE VICTIM’S. CARSON REPORTEDLY CLAIMED THAT AN UNKNOWN HISPANIC MAN HAD BROKEN THE WINDOW AND FLED AND THAT HE HAD JUST PARKED AND WAS GOING TO LOOK FOR THE CAR’S OWNER. BUT CARSON WAS UNABLE TO EXPLAIN WHY THERE WAS BROKEN GLASS IN HIS VEHICLE’S TIRE TRACKS AND ON TOP OF HIS SHOES. IT WAS ALSO DETERMINED THAT CARSON WAS UNABLE TO FLEE BECAUSE HE HAD LOCKED HIS KEYS IN HIS OWN CAR. CARSON WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY OF AN UNOCCUPIED CONVEYANCE UNARMED, AND POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS WITH INTENT TO USE.