A man who Palm Desert Police called a transient is suspected of breaking into an El Paseo business on Sunday and smashing a front glass door to escape.
Tyler Darrah, 23, was booked into the Indio Jail on suspicion of commercial burglary and for a violation of probation, according to a Palm Desert Police news release.
The theft was reported at 6:34 a.m. Sunday. Deputies were called to a tobacco business in the 72-600 block of El Paseo on a report of a burglary alarm. They found that someone had broken into the business through the rooftop, officials said
Once inside, police said the intruder set off the alarm causing the burglar to smash the front glass door in order to escape.The culprit made off with several cartons of cigarettes, according to Police Corporal Angel Ramos.
Deputies checked the area. They detained Darrah at a nearby fast food restaurant. Officers did not specify but said they found evidence linking Darrah to the crime
The cigarettes were not recovered, Ramos said.
The investigation is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information on this incident to call Investigator Barba at the Palm Desert Sheriff Station at (760) 836-1600. Anonymous calls can be made to (760) 341-7867.