A Cathedral City man suspected of breaking into a Palm Springs residence, but fleeing empty-handed when the residents came home, was behind bars today.
The burglary was reported about 3:15 p.m., Wednesday Jan. 23 in the 1600 block of Mel Avenue.
When the residents arrived home, they found the sliding glass door broken, unspecified items stacked near the front door and spotted a man driving off, Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.
A few minutes later, a sergeant saw a vehicle matching the description given by the residents near South Farrell Drive and East Ramon Road.
The sergeant made a traffic stop and detained the driver and lone occupant, 21-year- old Robert Anthony Newton, who allegedly had methamphetamine in his possession when arrested.
Newton was out on bail in connection with two other burglary arrests, two arrests for possession of a controlled substance and one arrest for possession of stolen property, Kovaleff said.
Newton was booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where he was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. He was expected to be arraigned Friday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, according to jail records.