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Posted on: June 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Suspect Arrested in Gun Theft Investigation



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Suspect Arrested in Gun Theft Investigation
Station Area:Desert Hot Springs
Written Date:June 11, 2020Time:9:15 AM
Incident Date:June 10, 2020Time:1:30 PM
Incident Location:66000 block of First Street in Desert Hot Springs
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Paul Heredia
File Number(s):T201530152


On Wednesday, June 11th, 2020, at 1:30 P.M., the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force conducted a search warrant service at a residence in the 66000 block of First Street in the city of Desert Hot Springs. The warrant stemmed from an investigation into a theft of a firearm that occurred at a local gun store in the unincorporated area of Palm Desert on May 23rd, 2020. During the theft which was captured on surveillance cameras, the suspect reached into a gun display case that was inadvertently left ajar and removed a Colt .38 Special Revolver. During the investigation Gang Task Force Officers identified Jimmy Williams Jr., 44 of Desert Hot Springs, as the suspect in the theft.

During the service of the search warrant, Gang Task Force Officers arrested Williams Jr. without incident. Gang Task Force Officers located methamphetamine, .38 Special ammunition and a holster but did not recover the stolen firearm. Williams Jr. was charged with Burglary, Grand Theft and Possession of Methamphetamine. He was booked at the Indio Jail.

The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. If you have any information about this crime, please contact CVVCGTF member Officer Villasenor at (760) 836-1600. If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use our online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601.

Jimmy Williams Jr.

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