A man who stole approximately $45,000 worth of items at a jewelry store in Palm Desert pleaded guilty to a pair of felonies Friday and was immediately sentenced to 16 months in county jail.
Jason Adam Warren, 28, of Los Angeles, was charged Friday morning with felony counts of burglary and grand theft over $950, according to court records. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of presenting false identification to a peace officer.
Warren pleaded guilty to the two felony counts Friday afternoon, and the misdemeanor count was dismissed, during his arraignment at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. He was immediately sentenced to a year and four months in county jail, according to John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Matthew Koser said Warren walked into a jewelry store in the 72000 block of Highway 111 on Wednesday and feigned interest in purchasing jewelry. He then grabbed the jewelry as an employee allowed him to inspect it and fled, Koser said.
An employee followed Warren and got a description of his vehicle, which was later found in the Banning area, where he was arrested, Koser said, adding that he was in possession of about $45,000 worth of jewelry.