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Man Arrested in Connection to New Year's Eve Rancho Mirage Burglaries

The Palm Desert Sheriff's "burglary suppression unit" arrested Robert Newton in Cathedral City on Wednesday. Police say he was going door-to-door posing as a landscaper, looking for possible burglary targets.

A Cathedral City man was arrested Wednesday after police say they found evidence at his home linking him to two Rancho Mirage burglaries that happened on New Year's Eve.

Sheriff's Sergeant Brad Farwell says deputies from the Palm Desert Station Burglary Suppression Unit and the Rancho Mirage Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant in the 31100 block of San Ardo Avenue, near Ramon Road and Date Palm Drive, at 5 a.m.

"During the service of the search warrant, deputies located stolen property from the residential burglaries that occurred in Rancho Mirage on December 31, 2012," Farwell said, adding that Newton also was in possession of methamphetamine.

According to the sergeant, Newton had been spotted in the gated community where the burglaries occurred posing as a landscaper asking if residents needed any yard work done.

"It is believed Newton was going door to door to determine if residences were occupied," Farwell said.

Newton was booked into the Indio jail on two counts of residential burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and committing a felony while on bail, according to Farwell.

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