DESERT HOT SPRINGS (CNS) – A 28-year-old man was arrested today for
allegedly having about $10,000 worth of stolen merchandise from a La Quinta
Adrian Nicholas Vanwinkle of Desert Hot Springs was arrested Tuesday
morning following a grand theft investigation by the La Quinta Special
Enforcement Team, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
SET Officers searched a residence in the 64000 block of Harvest Moon
Road on Tuesday, where they allegedly found the stolen merchandise.
On June 5, a business in the 79000 block of Highway 111 reported a
grand theft incident from two days prior, and also similar thefts at their
other locations out of the area, according to authorities.
Vanwinkle was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, felony vandalism,
theft with priors and committing felony while on bail.
According to court records, Vanwinkle was on bail for battery and
illegal firearm possession due to a temporary restraining order. He also has
prior burglary and shoplifting convictions.
Vanwinkle was booked into the John J. Benoit Detention Center and was
being held in lieu of $30,000.
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