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Alex Trebek burglary suspect pleads not guilty

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The woman accused of burglarizing “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s San Francisco hotel room as he and his wife slept last week denied the allegations in court Monday.

Lucinda Moyers, 56, pleaded not guilty to a count of residential burglary and another for possession of stolen property. Moyers remains in custody on $625,000 bail.

Moyers is accused of stealing cash and other personal items from Trebek’s room at the Marriott Marquis while the game show host was sleeping with his wife around 3 a.m. Tuesday. The 71-year-old Trebek tore his Achilles tendon while chasing the burglar in his boxers down the hotel room hallway.

In the courtroom Monday, Moyers, wearing an orange prison uniform and walking with a limp, blew kisses to an unknown man who consulted with a defense attorney.

Before the hearing, the man tried to get a San Francisco Examiner reporter to pay him money to discuss what really happened the night Trebek was robbed. He declined to identify himself or his relationship to Moyers.

Trebek had been in town filming the National Geographic World Championship at Google headquarters in Mountain View. He showed up to the event on crutches and told the audience that he fell “in an ignominious heap to the carpeting” while chasing after the burglar.

Hotel security called San Francisco police, who eventually took Moyers into custody. She is believed to have stolen items including purses, wallets and cash, and although officers found several of the items near a hotel ice machine, no cash was recovered, according to police.

Moyers has two prior convictions for residential burglary in San Francisco in 1990 and 1991, and served time in state prison for both, district attorney's spokeswoman Erica Terry Derryck said.

On Monday, Derryck said the district attorney has not decided whether to prosecute the burglary as a three-strikes case.

Last week, Moyers was also ordered to stay at least 150 yards away from Trebek and his wife.


Wire services contributed to this report.

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