Alleged burglar, Lucinda Moyers, denies she was in Jeopardy host Alex Trabek’s San Francisco hotel room (video)
Jeopardy host Alex Trabek says he ripped his Achilles tendon chasing down a burglar at the Marriott Hotel in downtown San Francisco early Wednesday morning. He says the burglar broke into his room. But the alleged burglar, Lucinda Moyers, 56, told KGO-TV that that is not true.
When the station asked why she was arrested, she told reporter Vic Lee, ” Because of my record, or maybe because it was Alex Trebek. I haven’t done nothing. I haven’t gone in his room or nothing. Just like I said that night, ‘I wasn’t in your room’ and I stick by that. I wasn’t in his room.”
Moyers has a long rap sheet, the station reports.
Trebek says he got back most of his property that the alleged thief took, “We got most of our stuff back, except for the one piece of jewelry that I ever wear. It’s a bracelet my mother gave me many years ago, so that’s gone and the cash,”
The Marriott is in the South of Market area (SOMA), near the Moscone Center, but close to seedy Tenderloin district, known for its low-rent single occpancy residential hotels, drug deallng and street people.
Moyers claims she was in the hotel to visit friends.
A former FBI agent told KGO-TV that hotel room break-ins are unusual.
“Very unusual. It’s very unusual for someone to break into someone’s hotel room today, especially with a deadbolt and a double-lock, it’s not that easily done,” said the former agent turned private investigator, Rick Smith.
More to the story?
The inclident was a major topic of discussion Thursday morning on the popular Armstrong and Getty Radio show, broadast in Northern California over KNEW 910 in San Francisco, KSTE in Sacramento, and Santa Rosa-based KFTY-TV. The show posted a link to Moyers’ mugshot on its Web site.
The hosts, Joe Getty and Jack Armstrong, noted how difficult is is to break into hotel rooms and questioned whether there was more to the story.
Trebek says the woman used tissue to keep his door propped open. He said he saw her leaving his room while he was in bed with his wife about 2:30 a.m. He says he put on his underwear and chased her down the hallway as she was running away. He called security and she was taken into custody.
Trebek, 71, was in the San Francisco Bay Area to host Google’s National Geographic World Championship.
The Jeopardy host says he doesn’t hold the crime against San Francisco.
Trebek is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow and is expected to be on cruches for six weeks, the Associated Press reports.
What do you think?
The big unanswered question on the story is how a burglar could have gotten into Trebek’s room. Did his door not shut properly? Could the alleged burglar have followed Trebek into his room without his knowledge? Did the alleged burglar have a pass key?
What do you think? Leave your comments below.
Security experts say the case underscores the importance of using the security deadbolt when you enter your room as an added protection against would-be burglars.