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Posted on: August 12, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Grand Theft Arrest



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Grand Theft Arrest
Station Area:La Quinta
Written Date:August 12, 2021Time:6:00 PM
Incident Date:July 26, 2021Time:6:29 PM
Incident Location:78000 block of Highway 111, La Quinta
Reporting Officer:Sergeant George Acevedo
File Number(s):LA212100027

Ricardo Garcia Munoz


On Thursday, July 29, 2021, the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team conducted a follow-up investigation that stemmed from a grand theft of copper wire from the 78000 block of Highway 111, in the city of La Quinta. The theft occurred on July 26, 2021; however, it was not reported until July 29, 2021. The suspect concealed items within much higher priced items and paid for the lower priced items.

On Thursday, August 12, 2021, deputies located and arrested the suspect, Ricardo Garcia Munoz, 39 of La Quinta, at the 700 block of Palm Avenue, in the city of Palm Springs. Stolen property related to the grand theft was recovered.

Deputies served a search warrant at the 50000 block of Eisenhower Dr., in the city of La Quinta. During the service, deputies located property linked to the theft, a short-barrel assault rifle, and a high capacity magazine. Munoz was charged for the grand theft, possession of stolen property, possession of an assault weapon, and possession of a high capacity magazine; he was booked at the John J. Benoit Detention Center.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy Maggie Lopez at the Thermal Sheriff’s Station by calling (760)863-8990, or Crime Stoppers at (760)341-STOP (7867).

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


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