A Palm Desert man suspected of stealing more than $16,000 worth of jewelry from a Rancho Mirage residence-- while out on bail for another crime-- was back behind bars Tuesday.
Justin Price, 32, was arrested at 2 a.m. Saturday at a Rancho Mirage hotel in connection to the burglary, which was reported about 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 36600 block of Palmdale Road, sheriff's Sgt. Brad Farwell said.
Farwell said it was a police surveillance operation which helped catch the man.
"The surveillance operation linked Price to the residential burglary and Price was arrested at a local hotel," he said, adding that "...it was discovered that after Price committed the residential burglary in Rancho Mirage, he sold the stolen jewelry to a subject in Thousand Palms," Farwell said.
Authorities recovered the stolen jewelry at a Thousand Palms residence and returned it to the victim, he said.
"Price was arrested for residential burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and committing a felony while on bail," Farwell added.
Price was booked at the county jail in Indio, where he was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, thanks to a special bail enhancement which was approved by a judge, according to Farwell and jail records.
He was expected to be arraigned on Wednesday at Indio's Larson Justice Center, according to jail records.
-- City News Service contributed to this report.