Three Arrested for Burglary; Live Ammunition and Replica Handgun Located

Three Arrested for Burglary; Live Ammunition and Replica Handgun Located

Martín Di Felice

PALM SPRINGS, Ca.

Three people were arrested Tuesday after burglarizing a Palm Springs home and stealing a refrigerator, but a fourth remained on the loose, police said.

The suspects were seen at 12:54 a.m. in the 500 block of Burton Way, loading a fridge into a trailer attached to their Chevrolet Suburban, said police Lt. Mike Kovaleff.

The SUV rode off without lights on, Kovaleff said, and was followed by Palm Springs police officers.

About one minute after police began following the suspects, the SUV stopped on North Calle De Pinos, south of East El Alameda.

The driver and front passenger ran from the vehicle, while two other passengers in the back seat of the vehicle were arrested without incident, police said.

In addition to the stolen property in the trailer, live ammunition and a replica handgun were found in the glove compartment, Kovaleff said.

The front seat passenger was found about half an hour later after he climbed over a fence and into the patio area of a home near East Tamarisk Road and North Calle de Floro Vista, Kovaleff said. He was overpowered by a police dog and then taken to a hospital for injuries sustained during his apprehension.

Police searched for the driver until 4:15 a.m., with their efforts including the deployment of a California Highway Patrol helicopter and a sheriff’s deputy’s bloodhound.

The driver being sought was described as black, about 25 to 30, 6 feet tall, about 220 pounds, with shoulder-length dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt.

Anyone with information on the suspect was urged to call the Palm Springs Police Department at (760) 323-8116 or Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.