Police: Palm Desert Man Steals $16K in Jewelry While on Bail

He's now back behind bars with a bail enhancement set at $500,000, according to police.

A Palm Desert man suspected of stealing more than $16,000 worth of jewelry from a Rancho Mirage residence-- while out on bail for another crime-- was back behind bars Tuesday.

Justin Price, 32, was arrested at 2 a.m. Saturday at a Rancho Mirage hotel in connection to the burglary, which was reported about 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 36600 block of Palmdale Road, sheriff's Sgt. Brad Farwell said.

Farwell said it was a police surveillance operation which helped catch the man.

"The surveillance operation linked Price to the residential burglary and Price was arrested at a local hotel," he said, adding that "...it was discovered that after Price committed the residential burglary in Rancho Mirage, he sold the stolen jewelry to a subject in Thousand Palms," Farwell said.

Authorities recovered the stolen jewelry at a Thousand Palms residence and returned it to the victim, he said.

"Price was arrested for residential burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and committing a felony while on bail," Farwell added.

Price was booked at the county jail in Indio, where he was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, thanks to a special bail enhancement which was approved by a judge, according to Farwell and jail records.

He was expected to be arraigned on Wednesday at Indio's Larson Justice Center, according to jail records.


-- City News Service contributed to this report.

Eye on the Desert January 15, 2013 at 05:53 PM
What a loser. Dump him in a cell and throw the keys away . . .
Karla January 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM
I agree! Wow, he's creepy looking.
Mike January 26, 2013 at 07:25 AM
I always see this guy looking for meth lmao
april ann April 11, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Is it just me, or are there ALOT of thieving schmucks in the desert?!


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