Imagine standing in your kitchen, close to midnight, when suddenly a man you don’t know shows up , enters your home and starts snooping around your place with a flashlight.
It happened to a homeowner on Via Las Flores in Rancho Mirage on Thursday night April 29th.
And the suspect is well known to police because he is linked to do the same thing in 15 other burglaries at homes across the Coachella Valley.
Sheriffs deputies showed up at the home of latest victim to find out that the suspect had fled the scene.
A short time later, deputies pulled over that suspect, 35 year old Teddy Kaiser Hartwell of Palm Springs, on Indian Canyon Drive near Amado Road in Downtown Palm Springs.
Deputies found numerous stolen items in Hartwell’s car and home connecting him to recent burglaries in Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage since March 30th 2021.
He’s jailed in Banning on half a million dollars bail.
Sheriffs officials say 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.
Burglary suspect Teddy Hartwell.
Photo from Riverside CA Sheriffs Dept