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Hotel Burglary Suspect Arrested on Several Felony Violations

Ben Schenk

Hotel Burglary Suspect Arrested on Several Felony Violations

CREATED Nov. 12, 2011

PALM SPRINGS -  (Palm Springs Police Press Release)

Over the past two months, there have been several hotel room burglaries occurring during the evening at a downtown Palm Springs hotel. The Palm Springs Police Department increased patrols and conducted surveillances in the area in an effort to apprehend the suspect whose identity was not known.

On November 11th, 2011 at approximately 7:12 PM, these efforts resulted in the arrest of the suspect. PSPD Detectives and Patrol Officers were conducting a surveillance at the hotel. The lone suspect, Christopher Thompson, was observed climbing into the outside patio area of a hotel room and subsequently entered the hotel room through a sliding glass door. The hotel room was occupied by police personnel and was not occupied by any guests when Thompson entered. Police personnel inside and outside of the room attempted to detain Thompson but he resisted their commands to stop, resisted their attempts to detain him, and quickly ran back out onto the patio area and fled on foot from the location. Police personnel chased Thompson on foot a few hundred yards from the hotel room to his nearby parked vehicle. Thompson then drove away from the area and a vehicle pursuit was initiated away from the downtown area by officers on scene. Thompson attempted to evade the officers in their police vehicles for approximately three minutes. Thompson ceased evading the officers, stopped his vehicle in the 1600 block of East Palm Canyon Drive, and was arrested without further incident. There were no injuries or traffic accidents associated with the arrest. The subsequent investigation resulted in the closure of several unsolved burglaries at the hotel and additional crimes associated with the burglaries.

Thompson was arrested for several felony crimes including:
6 violations of first degree burglary.
2 violations of second degree burglary.
8 violations of fraudulent use of a stolen credit card.
1 violation of felony evading police officers.
Thompson also had 2 misdemeanor warrants for his arrest and he is currently on active summary probation for burglary.

Thompson was later transported to the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, California.

Anybody with information on these cases is urged to contact PSPD Detective Rae Fernandez at 760-323-8133 or Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP (7867).

Suspect- Christopher Delon Thompson, 21 Years Old
City of Residence- Riverside, California
Prior Cities of Residence include- Indio and Palm Desert