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Press Release: Possession of Destructive Device Arrest
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: December 24, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM
Incident Date: December 23, 2017 Time: 4:30 PM
Incident Location: Little Morongo & Dillon Road, un-incorporated community of South Desert Hot Springs
Reporting Officer: Deputy Armando Muñoz – Public Information Officer
File Number(s): O173570029


Norman Bell

On December 23, 2017, at approximately 4:30 PM, a deputy conducted a traffic stop in the area of Little Morongo Road & Dillon Road, located in the un-incorporated community of South Desert Hot Springs. During the stop the deputy located a suspicious device inside of the vehicle. For precautionary purposes, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Departments Hazardous Device Team (HDT) was requested to assist with the suspicious device.

The Hazardous Device Team identified the object as an improvised explosive device. HDT took possession of the device and rendered it safe.  55-year-old, Desert Hot Springs resident, Norman Bell was arrested and booked into the Riverside County jail, located in the city of Indio for Reckless Possession of a Destructive Device.

This is an active investigation and we encourage anyone with information on this incident to call Deputy Allert at the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station by calling (760) 836-1600.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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