An 18-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man were arrested last week in connection to a rash of burglaries at homes in Indian Wells, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies from the Indian Wells Special Enforcement Team and the Palm Desert Burglary Suppression Unit investigated the burglaries at about 5 p.m. on Thursday. They identified the suspect as David Balderama of Palm Desert, sheriff’s spokesman Armando Munoz said.
Investigators determined that Balderama was squatting inside a vacant home in the 46500 block of Arapahoe Circle, but he fled the scene before officers arrived, Munoz said.
Officers searched the area with help from a helicopter and K9 police dog but Balderama wasn’t located until the next day around 11 p.m. Authorities caught up to him while he was traveling near Portola Avenue and Country Club Drive in Palm Desert.
Officials said Balderama was taken into custody after a brief foot chase. He’s facing charges from numerous residential burglaries within the Mountain Cove Community of Indian Wells. He was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio.
During the search of the home in the 46500 block of Arapahoe Circle on Thursday night, deputies found some of the stolen property and arrested 18-year-old Carli Duncanson of Palm Desert, who was inside the vacant home, sheriff’s officials said. Duncanson was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio for investigation of possessing stolen property and vandalism, Munoz said.