Homeless Woman Jailed After Stealing Lexus, Police Say

The 21-year-old felon apparently stole a car and was spotted in downtown Palm Springs. She was arrested and taken to the Larry D. Smith Correctional facility.

A homeless woman suspected of leading police on a chase in a stolen Lexus was behind bars in Banning Thursday night.

Amber Nicole Bernardino, 21, was arrested in Palm Springs about 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The night before, someone had reported that Bernardino allegedly stole a Lexus GS3 sedan, Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.

About 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, an officer on patrol saw Bernardino, who knew the car owner's grandson, allegedly driving the car in the downtown Palm Springs area.

"Bernardino began speeding away from the PSPD Officer before any attempt at a traffic stop had been made," he said.

At that point, the woman—a convicted felon— apparently began speeding away, going over 70 mph and "driving recklessly" Kovaleff said.

The car was found nearby about 10 minutes later, and a handgun and stolen property were inside, Kovaleff said. Officers found Bernardino, who is a transient, in the 1100 block of Calle Rolph and arrested her, he said.

She was booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.


—City News Service contributed to this report.


Renee March 22, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Washy- I think it was a insulting comment from Libby also...She is putting down all the women in "this" town. I do not get why any women would want to "look" like a man but hey, i don't get why a lot of ppl do what they do... including myself SOMETIMES... :)
a litttle justice March 22, 2013 at 04:22 PM
a litttle justice March 22, 2013 at 04:26 PM
I don't care what town, what area, what region. A comment like that, joke or not is way out of line. Major celebrity figures, on major networks etc. have lost their lucrative jobs over comments like this. It's a joke now because Libi's receiving some back lash. But based on other similar comments she has made, this was not originally intended to be a joke. Wise up Libi, you're losing credibility every time you touch the keyboard!!!
a litttle justice March 22, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Libi should stick to the audit!!!!!
a litttle justice March 22, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Well said Jessica!
Susan Marr March 22, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Oh for God's sake people, pull up your big girl/boy pants and take a joke. Every picture lately on the Patch about a woman doing something had them looking less like Mary Poppins and more like Marilyn Manson. Just because a joke may be in poor taste doesn't mean you should fall over backwards to be offended.
Renee March 22, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Right back to ya Justice.... (Stick to the Audit Libi) She is not making friends today is she.... HaHa.
Renee March 22, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Hey Susan, you get what you get when you make a comment, statement or bad joke on this site.... Libby should be use to it by now... Have you seen the comments on her audit articles...? Off topic but- Her audit has turned up A LOT of "BS in Beaumont"... (That should be the title of future audit articles)
Libi Uremovic March 22, 2013 at 06:18 PM
i don't care what you say about me, i'm not interested in being popular...i just want to get our state's economic situation under control so i can go back to my life... but it does prove a valuable point - the last 30 years we've turned everything into a popularity contest instead of judging people on their actions... 'jessica' wants to use the joke as a catalyst to disregard the audits ....that's very similar to how good political candidates are smeared and the corrupt politicians get elected... the corrupt are not going to stop themselves...it's up to the people to stop being distracted by political slanders ...
crazygrl March 22, 2013 at 06:47 PM
She's 21?
Renee March 22, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Haha... ouch... No joking here; what Beaumont is doing is BS... Not interested in being popular? hmmmm... that's open for debate... Just like your comment that all of us WOMEN here look like a man... Was my "joke in bad taste too?
Meia March 22, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Right on Susan, I am enjoying my big girl panties. Announcing "I am offended" Is nothing more then telling the world that you can not control your own emotions And so you want the world to do it for you.
Meia March 22, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Right on Susan, I am enjoying my big girl panties. Announcing "I am offended" Is nothing more then telling the world that you can not control your own emotions And so you want the world to do it for you.
Ben Mason March 22, 2013 at 09:38 PM
My first thought when I saw the picture on this article is that where the hell are all these butch looking girls coming from? Libi only expressed out loud what I thought. Americans seem to be easily offended nowadays.
Washy March 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM
With that comment she proved her self no more then a catty bitch just like Judy Bingham
pam topper March 22, 2013 at 11:22 PM
I forgot what was the topic again?
Watever March 23, 2013 at 12:51 AM
A little justice go play in the freeway and stfu!!!! ,
LLODOWN March 23, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Wow sensitive people! My first thought was the same as libi's. I agree Ben.
Ken March 23, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Some people say what alot are thinking. Some are willing to express that and some arent. I doubt that any would seriously question whether all women here look like men..I know differently. Now if you want to get into statistical analysis of criminal offenders..well there isnt alot of rocket scientist mugshots on either side of the coin.
Local Businessman March 23, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Wow... What a goofy bunch of people we have on this topic. I personally do not know Libi Uremovic, but I like her style. I have been known to say a few "thought provoking" lines myself in these forums. That's why I am forced to use a fictitious name. I'd hate to have a reader of The Patch try to assassinate me due to one of my comments here. I think that the entire purpose of this "Comment Section" of The Patch, is so that we, the members of this community, can present our thoughts and prespectives on the various topics at hand. What this has turned into however, is a competition to see who can talk more trash then the next guy, and frankly, this does not paint a very pretty picture of our community to anyone from outside The Pass who visits these pages. Just something to think about (and more amuniation for the next round of bashing). Have a blessed evening people...
Beaumont Bob March 23, 2013 at 04:35 AM
Dear Washy, I browse this site daily, and you're generally innocuous, albeit somewhat histrionic and annoying. But your BS today brought me to comment on what I already suspected - that you must be a very unhappy and insecure person. Dude, give it a break, stop harassing everyone else who has an opinion (although no one's opinion is stated louder and more aggressively than yours) and just take a deeeeeeep breath. I think it will make this blog community much, much happier. Have a nice day!
Washy March 23, 2013 at 07:47 AM
Dear Bob Your opinion would matter if my self worth was based on your uninformed assessment of me but it isn't. So like assholes we all have an opinion. I called Libi out on this comment because she showed her true colors with that horrible comment and I obviously am not the only who thought she was being rude. This is the comment section and I commented and so did you so what did we prove....we both have bumholes!
Watever March 23, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Libby is hot!!!!!! And its true wat she said!!! Everyone that got but hurt go play in the freeway... Laugh enjoy free comedy shit
Ike March 23, 2013 at 03:22 PM
She's a man, baby!
pam topper March 23, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Can you feel the love, what was the topic again ? Oh yeah manly looking homeless women we still cars I think.
beaumontdave March 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM
In person you mind your manners, on the blog you say what's on your mind.that's what's nice about the blog. It's communication and/or entertainment, nothing more. If goofing on mugshots offends you, your in the wrong place.
Libi Uremovic March 24, 2013 at 01:21 PM
'... I called Libi out on this comment because she showed her true colors ...' when did i ever portray myself as a 'nice person'...??
JC March 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM
I'm with you Washy. Comments made about woman looking feminine or not are time warped, small town narrow minded crap. The mentalities in these places...
a litttle justice March 25, 2013 at 05:32 PM
The content of your comment and the manner in which you write, would suggest that your 6th Grade Diploma is still waiting on you.
beaumontdave March 27, 2013 at 04:41 AM


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