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Felony charges were filed Friday against a man suspected of stealing approximately $45,000 worth of items at a jewelry store in Palm Desert.

Jason Adam Warren, 28, of Los Angeles was charged Friday morning with two felony counts — burglary and grand theft over $950, according to court records. He was additionally charged with one misdemeanor count of presenting false identification to a peace officer.

Warren is scheduled to be arraigned at the Larson Justice Center in Indio Friday afternoon.

He allegedly walked into a jewelry store in the 72000 block of Highway 111 on Wednesday and feigned interest in purchasing jewelry, according to Sergeant Matthew Koser with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He allegedly grabbed the jewelry as an employee allowed him to inspect it, then fled with it.

An employee followed Warren and got a description of his vehicle and deputies responded around 12:30 p.m. to reports of a commercial burglary, according to Koser. The sheriff department’s helicopter searched the freeway for Warren’s vehicle.

Koser said his vehicle was found in the Banning area, and nearby deputies subsequently arrested Warren in Beaumont, where he was allegedly found in possession of approximately $45,000 worth of jewelry.

Warren was being held without bail at the John J. Benoit Detention Center in Indio.

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