A Pasco man with a long criminal record was ordered Tuesday to get inpatient substance abuse treatment for stealing a customer's wallet while he was working on the man's vehicle.
Jesse James Monroe Flores, 30, also was busted a month later for trying to drop a bag of methamphetamine as he was being followed by police.
Judge Vic VanderSchoor of Franklin County Superior Court approved the residential Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative. That means Flores will serve two years on community supervision while getting treatment for three to six months.
If he violates any of the conditions or is charged with a new crime in that time, prosecutors can ask that he be sent to state prison.
Flores had faced between one year and 10 months and two years and five months in prison for his guilty plea to second-degree theft. He also was looking at a one- to two-year term for possessing meth.
Pasco police took a call Feb. 14 from a man who said his wallet was taken and his debit card used at three Pasco stores.
The victim said he knew his wallet had been in the center glove box of his vehicle the day before when he had the oil changed at the Jiffy Lube on Court Street, court documents said. He also reported seeing a male employee working inside his vehicle at the shop.
The investigation revealed that Flores was the employee working inside the victim's vehicle, and that the suspect's mother had found the wallet while she was cleaning her son's room, documents said.
The victim identified the wallet as his.
Bank transactions showed the stolen debit card was used to buy $20.56 in goods at a convenience store -- a few hours after the oil change -- and more than an hour later at a big chain store, court documents said. Flores is seen on store video using the card to buy a child's mattress for his son, along with a sheet set.
The card also reportedly was used for $100 at another convenience store near Flores' home within hours of the theft.
Then on March 7 at 2:18 a.m., a Road 32 resident called police to say a suspicious man carrying a car stereo ran through his backyard. When questioned, the man said he was being chased and ran away.
Police found a man who matched the suspect's description walking on Henry Street. After the patrol car lights were activated, Flores pulled his hands out of his pants pocket, put his left hand in his coat pocket, then quickly pulled it out and put it behind his back, court documents said.
Officers suspected he might have been hiding a weapon, so they stopped and ordered Flores to show both of his hands. The suspect again put his left hand in his coat pocket, then pulled the entire pocket out while walking toward the patrol car.
Police found a bag of meth on the ground about 10 feet from the stop, where officers first suspected Flores of trying to hide a weapon, documents said.
Flores' criminal history includes residential burglary, possession of stolen property, three convictions for possessing drugs and five for theft.