A burglary charge was filed Wednesday against a Los Angeles man who allegedly burglarized a downtown Palm Springs hotel room and was apprehended two days later when he returned to the scene wearing the hotel guest’s stolen jacket.
Steven Baker, 25, is accused of breaking into the guest room around 9 p.m. last Friday and taking “several items of clothing and electronics,” according to Palm Springs police.
Police said they reviewed surveillance footage from the hotel and were able to identify Baker “through recent police contacts in Palm Springs.”
Baker returned to the hotel two days later while wearing the victim’s jacket and “pretended to be a guest,” police allege. Hotel staff recognized him and summoned police, who arrested him at the scene. Police did not identify the hotel, but jail records indicate he was taken into custody near the intersection of Calle Encilia and Tahquitz Canyon Way.
Baker pleaded not guilty to the burglary count and is being held without bail due to an out-of-county warrant, according to Riverside County jail records. He’s due back in court May 4 for a felony settlement conference.