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Alex Trebek was injured while chasing down a burglar at his San Francisco hotel Wednesday morning, according to San Francisco's KGO-TV.
updated 7/28/2011 4:01:01 PM ET 2011-07-28T20:01:01

A woman accused of stealing cash and other items from "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek's San Francisco hotel room was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Lucinda Moyers, 56, of San Francisco, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony burglary and receiving stolen property, said San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield.

The 71-year-old Trebek said he snapped his Achilles tendon while running after a woman who he says stole cash, a bracelet and other items from his room around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Trebek, who has hosted the syndicated quiz show "Jeopardy!" since 1984, is scheduled to have surgery Friday and is expected to be in a cast for six weeks.

Trebek was on crutches Wednesday when he hosted the National Geographic World Championship at Google headquarters. He jokingly explained to the audience how he was injured in the show's signature answer-before-question format.

"The answer is, at 2:30 yesterday morning, chasing a burglar down the hall at my San Francisco hotel until my Achilles tendon ruptured and I fell in an ignominious heap to the carpeting," he said.

Trebek was staying at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown San Francisco when he realized someone was inside his room looking through his belongings, he told KNTV-TV.

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Lucinda Moyers, 56, is shown in a photo provided by the San Francisco Police Department on July 27.

"I woke up and saw a figure in our hotel bedroom and I thought I was dreaming," he said. "A moment later, I got up and saw that the door was being held open by a wad of tissue. I opened the door and saw a woman walking away, and I realized immediately that someone had been in the room."

Trebek said he ran down the hall and confronted her.

"She came out of the little room where the ice machine is and I said, 'What were you doing in our room?'" Trebek said. "She said, 'I wasn't in your room!' I said, 'What are you doing up here?' She said, 'I was visiting friends.' I said, 'No, you weren't. Let's see what security has to say about that."

"As I reached for the phone to call security, she bolted. She ran down the hall. I chased her. And I didn't get more than 25 feet before my right Achilles tendon ruptured and I crashed to the ground."

He hobbled back to his phone and called security. The suspect was apprehended inside the hotel and most of the stolen items were recovered near the ice machine, but no cash was found, Dangerfield said.

"We got most of our stuff back, except the one piece of jewelry that I ever wear. It's a bracelet that my mother gave me many years ago, so that's gone. And cash," Trebek told KGO-TV. "I figured she stashed it somewhere in the hotel, and we'll come back to retrieve it someday."

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    >>> thanks. alex trebek , long-time host of the quiz show , "jeopardy" will have surgery tomorrow after chasing a burglar out of his hotel room . good morning.

    >>> a terrifying thought for anyone to wake up and find someone going through their belongin belongings. this time the victim was alex trebek who was able to outsmart the burglar.

    >> what entered the country with bolivia?

    >> chile.

    >> sorry, it's peru.

    >> alex trebek had all of the answers as he hosted the geographic bee. in a san francisco hotel room , he found himself in a bit of "jeopardy".

    >> i woke up, saw a figure in our bedroom hotel room . thought i was dreaming. i realized immediately someone had been in the room. i put on my underwear and ran down the hall to see if i could find her.

    >> reporter: he did find her. when he got to her, he, well, quizzed her.

    >> she came out of the room where the ice machine is. and i said, what were you doing in the room. i wasn't in your room. what were you doing up there? i was visiting friend. i said, no you weren't.

    >> reporter: he was quick thinking but not as quick on his feet. he ended up on crutches after rupturing his achilles tendon after chasing the culprit.

    >> i crashed down but i hobbled back to the phone and informed security.

    >> reporter: police arrested 56-year-old lucinda moyers and charged her with burglary. he got most of the belongings back except some cash and a piece of jewelry. trebek hosted "jeopardy" since 1984 , received an emmy award for lifetime achievement . and for game show host turned crime fighter, the correct response is "who is alex trebek ".

    >> eight rounds in the championships.

    >> true to his reputation, the unflappable host fought through the pain using the podium to hide his injuries.

    >> you're going to be tempted to blurt out responses. if you do,ly have to chase you out.

    >> lucinda moyers told a local station that she was arrested based on her record and because trebek is a celebrity. she's still in jail and she will have a court appearance later today. as for trebek , the 71-year-old is having surgery tomorrow and will be in a cast for six weeks. ann?

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