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What is Alex Trebek is a Badass for Chasing Down a Hotel Burglar?

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July 28, 2011 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

We've written a bunch about staying safe in hotel rooms lately but even well-known nerds celebrities need to learn how to protect themselves when staying in hotels.

"Jeopardy's" legendary host Alex Trebek revealed yesterday that his hotel room in San Francisco had been broken into and that he ruptured his Achilles tendon as he chased the robber down.

Trebek revealed the traumatic incident (in Jeopardy-speak) right before he hosted the National Geographic Geography Bee at Google Headquarters in Mountain View.

What is, it happened at 2:30 a.m., chasing a burglar down the hallway of my San Francisco hotel when my Achilles tendon ruptured and I then fell on carpet, bruising the other leg in process. Surgery on Friday," Trebek said, according to Patch.com.

San Francisco police have confirmed the incident and the subsequent arrest of Lucinda Moyers, 56, who was booked on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property, namely the victims' purses and wallets. TMZ is also reporting that the suspect lifted a bracelet that Trebek's mother gave him.

However, the police would not release the name of the victims even though it's widely accepted that they were Trebek and his wife nor the name of the hotel. All they would say is that the hotel is located in the first block of Fourth Street. Indeed the Bay Citizen has already sussed out that it was the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Here is what a hotel spokesperson told the local paper:

Leslie Duncan, director of sales and marketing, said Moyers had not been a guest at the hotel. She declined to provide other details about the incident, including how Moyers was able to walk through the hotel and enter Trebek's room.

"Since it's an ongoing investigation, I can't comment right now," she said. "The hotel is open 24 hours, seven days a week, so we have a full, round-the-clock security team here at the hotel. Our security team responded and apprehended her and I am very proud that happened so quickly."

Word is the suspect had no idea that it was Trebek's room she was breaking into. Still, maybe next time Trebek will give the Hotel Palomar San Francisco a smaller Kimpton property on the same block with modern and likeable design, fun amenities and free WiFi a try next time.

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