On the rim of the desert creeping in on Rancho Mirage in California, surveillance cameras at Jensen’s convenience store captured a stick-up artist appareled in black motorcycle gear menacing a clerk with a genteel, silver pistol, forcing him to empty out the cash drawer at gunpoint. His identity obscured by his helmet’s tinted visor, the culprit committed a sprint like robbery, brandishing his weapon and collecting his tidy bundle of loot in all of 32 seconds, according to news reports.
Authorities are hoping the suspect’s motorcycle regalia is recognizable to someone in the public, and as one of the first motorcycle officers assigned to Rancho Mirage, Police Captain Kevin Vest seems uniquely qualified to helm this investigation and will hopefully catch up with the gearhead gunman ahead of the next week’s arrival of VIP guests. Anyone with information is encouraged to please come forward via California’s anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line by calling (760) 341-STOP
Near the Salton Sea, Rancho Mirage is south of L.A. with San Diego hovering to its north, and squats at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the center of scenic Palm Springs Valley. Next week, it will be playing host to President Obama and The People’s Republic of China’s President Xi JinPing, for bilateral negotiations set to take place on the grounds of late U.S. Ambassador Walter Annenberg and his wife Lenore’s historic Sunnylands winter estate.