Woman accused in Alex Trebek burglary to stand trial

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I’ll take first-degree burglary for $661, Alex.

The woman accused of pilfering cash and other valuables from “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s San Francisco hotel room was ordered by a judge after a preliminary hearing Tuesday to stand trial on that charge and receiving stolen property, both felonies.

Lucinda Moyers, 56, allegedly broke into the hotel room where Trebek and his wife were sleeping at the Marriott Marquis on July 26, and made off with a purse, wallet and other items, according to police and prosecutors. She was arrested at the hotel.

Trebek was not in court Tuesday, but police Officer Sean Frost testified that Trebek told him he stirred from sleep and noticed a “flicker of light” and a “shadowy figure” in his room. Trebek initially thought he was dreaming, but got up to investigate and found his door ajar and tissue paper wadded in the door jamb, Frost said.

Trebek said he saw Moyers walking down the hallway and chased after her, injuring his foot in the process, Frost testified. When Trebek confronted her, she denied being in the room and said she was “visiting friends,” he said.

Moyers’ attorney has said that his client is actually a prostitute and had been trying to meet a client in another room.

When Trebek warned Moyers he was going to call hotel staff, “she took off running,” Frost said.

Hotel security said she matched the suspect description of “a white female with black boots and messy hair,” and detained her in the hotel ballroom, the officer testified. Trebek’s wallet was found near an ice machine on the floor below his, but $661 cash was missing. A valued bracelet was also taken from their room.

Trebek later identified Moyers as the woman he had chased, Frost testified.

Moyers is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Nov. 29. She remains in custody on $625,000 bail.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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