Three behind bars, one released on bail for alleged commercial theft


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Three people were behind bars and one person was on bail Thursday on suspicion of committing a commercial burglary in Palm Desert.

Two women and two men – Devon Montoya, 26, Phillipe Gonzalez, 35, and Jose Perez, 39, all from Indio, and Sarah Cantu, 33, from Desert Hot Springs – were arrested when MPs from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to a grand theft report at a store in the 72-300 block of Highway 111 at 7:19 p.m. Tuesday.

According to Lt. Chris Willison, MPs found the suspicious vehicle matching the report’s description in block 72-800 of Highway 111, and as they approached, a suspect fled on foot. Authorities caught this suspect and the three inside the vehicle and took them into custody.

On Wednesday, MPs served a search warrant at the location of the suspicious vehicle, where the stolen property was found and returned, according to Willison.

The four suspects were initially held at the John Benoit Detention Center on suspicion of commercial burglary; although Montoya posted a $ 20,000 bond on Wednesday.

Cantu, Gonzalez and Perez are scheduled to appear at the Larson Justice Center on Friday, according to jail records.

Information on when Montoya is expected to appear for the first time has not been provided by prison records.

Three behind bars, one released on bail for alleged commercial theft was last modified: January 6, 2022 through Contributing editor

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