A Best Buy employee who stole about $1,800 in merchandise to help cover his personal bills was sentenced to 10 days in jail.
Noe Gutierrez, 19, was given credit for having served the time already. The standard range for his crime is up to two months in jail because he had no prior felony convictions. The Pasco man pleaded guilty in May to second-degree theft.
Court documents show that Gutierrez was working at the Kennewick electronic and appliance store between Nov. 1 and Feb. 15 when the theft happened.
Kennewick police Officer Joshua Sullivan said he was told the store recently discovered that Gutierrez had taken merchandise on several occasions, documents said.
Gutierrez reportedly admitted taking 16 items and selling most of them on Craigslist to help pay bills, court documents said.
Gutierrez must pay a total $2,895 in restitution to Best Buy, documents show.