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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Residential “Cat” Burglary Arrests

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Residential “Cat” Burglary Arrests
Station Area:Palm Desert
Written Date:September 30, 2020Time:2:15 PM
Incident Date:August 5 - 28, 2020Time:10:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Incident Location:Numerous locations: Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, Indio
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Christopher Ternes
File Number(s):J202410005, J202440017, S202180031


Details:

Palm Desert Station Burglary Suppression Unit (BSU) conducted further investigation regarding several residential “Cat” burglaries that occurred between the dates of August 05, 2020 to August 28, 2020 in the communities of Indian Wells and Rancho Mirage. The following locations were identified as being burglarized by the same suspects: 45000 block of Club Drive and 76000 block of Iroquois Drive, Indian Wells.  20 block of Alicante Circle, Rancho Mirage and the 42000 block of Incante Place, city of Indio. The victims were inside their residences when the suspects entered and removed property from within the residences.  After a lengthy investigation and the service of several search warrants, BSU members identified the suspects as, Edward Parsons, 44 years of Palm Springs and Felix Najera, 43 years of Indio. 

On September 29, 2020, BSU with the assistance of the Palm Desert Business District Team, located and arrested Parsons in the 5200 block of Ramon Road, Palm Springs.  On September 30, 2020, BSU with the assistance of the Indian Wells Special Enforcement Team located and arrested Najera in the 82000 block of Indio Bouvard, Indio.   Both Parson and Najera were in possession of stolen property, associated with the victims. Parsons and Najera were transported to the Riverside County Jail in Indio for the (3) counts of residential “cat” burglaries, one count of residential burglary, and one count of attempted residential burglary.

Cat burglaries garner a heightened level of concern from the law enforcement community because of the elevated level of risk for the victims. The potential for a dangerous encounter between the homeowner/victim and the suspect is significantly higher in these types of crimes. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind you to lock your doors and windows when practical, even when you are home, to assist with keeping you and your family safe. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with additional information regarding this investigation to contact Deputy Joshua Smith (760) 836-1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incidents J202410005, J202440017, S202180031 and Indio Police Department incident # 20081-2467.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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