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Man charged in alleged string of Rancho Mirage burglaries

A man accused in a string of residential burglaries in Rancho Mirage was officially charged Thursday with burglary, identity theft and firearm possession.

On Nov. 9, a suspect entered an unlocked door at a residence in the 71300 block of Country Club Drive in Rancho Mirage.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect stole property while the victim slept.

Sheriff’s also said there were several other similar burglaries in the area over the past month. The Burglary Suppression Team (BSU) assumed the investigation and identified 51-year-old, Rancho Mirage resident Steven Edward Cain as the suspect.

BSU located Cain at the 39500 block of Berkey Drive in Palm Desert. Several items stolen in the cat burglaries were recovered in addition to a stolen revolver from a previous burglary. Cain was implicated in four burglaries and seven identity thefts.

Cain is charged with burglarizing three Rancho Mirage homes, using a woman’s stolen credit card, and possession of a Winchester rifle and a revolver that were found inside his storage unit. One of the guns was stolen from somewhere in Palm Desert, while the other was unregistered, court documents allege.

Cain, who pleaded not guilty to all counts, remains in custody in lieu of $175,000 bail and will return to court Jan. 3 for a felony settlement conference.

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