One of four men arrested for allegedly stealing more than $36,000 worth of golf carts in the Palm Desert area was being held in lieu of $3,500 bail Tuesday.
Daniel Vital, 34, of Thousand Palms, was arrested May 16 and subsequently charged with one felony count of purchasing/receiving a stolen vehicle, trailer or motorized vessel, with an enhancement for being a repeat offender of vehicle theft. He pleaded not guilty on Friday.
He is due back in court May 31 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.
Three other men, all also of Thousand Palms, were also arrested in connection with the thefts. Sheriff’s officials said the thefts occurred recently, but details on the exact time and location of the thefts was not immediately available.
Glen James Usher, 42, was arrested May 17. He pleaded guilty two days later to one felony count for purchasing/receiving a stolen vehicle, trailer or motorized vessel. He was sentenced to two years of probation.
Steven Lucas Short, 41, and Juan Francisco Sosa, 51, were both arrested May 18 and posted bail the same day. Short was freed on a $1,500 bond and Sosa was freed on a $5,000 bond.
According to authorities, Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station deputies were able to recover and return the pilfered golf carts to their rightful owners.
Authorities reminded residents to take extra steps to prevent thefts, such as removing valuables from plain view, securing items in a safe place and removing keys from vehicle ignitions when not in use.