moyers.sfpd.7.27.jpgA woman accused of burglarizing the San Francisco hotel room of “Jeopardy” game show host Alex Trebek in July is set to return to court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in the case.

Lucinda Moyers, 56, was arrested July 26 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis at 55 Fourth St. and charged with residential burglary and possession of stolen property.

Police said Trebek and his wife Jean were sleeping when they awoke to find a woman inside their hotel room and stealing property.

Trebek got out of bed and chased the thief down the hotel’s hallway when his Achilles tendon ruptured and he fell to the ground.

Police responded and eventually took Moyers into custody. She is accused of stealing items including purses, wallets and cash, and while some of the stolen items were found near a hotel ice machine, no cash was ever recovered.

Moyers’ defense attorney Mark Jacobs has said that she was at the hotel as a prostitute and was not the thief.

Moyers has been convicted four times for burglary–in 1990, 1991 and twice in 1999 — but prosecutors do not plan on trying the case under the state’s three-strikes law, district attorney’s office spokesman Omid Talai said.

Jacobs said she also has several citations from police for prostitution.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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