A Panda Express employee is accused of pocketing the payroll checks of two co-workers and signing them so he could cash the nearly $1,200.
Daniel Y. Bolanos-Castellanos, 19, is charged in Benton County Superior Court with second-degree theft and two counts of forgery.
The Kennewick man was scheduled to enter a plea Wednesday to the new charge, but instead the hearing waspostponed to June 13 while he looksinto hiring a lawyer.
According to court documents, Bolanos-Castellanos was working his last shift at the Kennewick restaurant on Nov. 4 when the manager set out the employee payroll checks to be picked up by each worker. Bolanos-Castellanos got his, but at the end of his shift the restaurant discovered that two other employee checks were missing, documents said.
The manager reviewed the restaurant's surveillance footage and allegedly saw Bolanos-Castellanos take the packet of checks and walk off camera.
The missing checks were for $535 and $649. An investigation revealed the checks -- endorsed on the back with similar handwriting -- were cashed at Sterling Savings Bank.
However, Kennewick officers found that on the same day the checks went missing from Panda Express, they actually were taken to a Pasco store to be cashed.
The manager of Promociones Daisy y Raspados Santa Cruz was able to find the checks and gave police a description that matched Bolanos-Castellanos, court documents said. The store had required the person who presented the checks to give an inked fingerprint.
The stolen checks were sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab for fingerprint analysis and were identified Jan. 30 as matching Bolanos-Castellanos' right thumb, documents said.
Prosser man pleads innocent to delivering marijuana
A Prosser father who reportedly has his own medical marijuana card is charged with smoking the drug with his minor children.
Jeremy E. Hansford, 42, pleaded innocent to one count of delivering marijuana. His trial is scheduled Aug. 13.
Child Protective Services got a tip between Feb. 1 and 20 about the alleged activity. Officials spoke at school with one of Hansford's kids, who reported seeing Hansford smoking marijuana with two siblings, court documents said.
Prosser police used that information to get a search warrant for Hansford's home and found seven large containers of pot, each weighing about 120 grams, documents said.
Hansford showed police that he has a marijuana card for himself, along with a card showing he is a provider for someone else, court documents said.
When officers had arrived at the home, they saw two minor children coming out of a back shed on the property. "Both appeared to be under the influence of marijuana and marijuana was located in their rooms in the residence," documents said.
Hansford's kids were taken into protective custody.
Man pleads innocent to possessing stolen items
A 21-year-old man pleaded innocent to allegations that while being questioned about a shoplifting incident, he was found with multiple credit cards and a checkbook, all with different names.
David Eric Stickley of Richland faces a July 23 trial on two counts of second-degree possession of stolen property.
Stickley was detained May 23 by loss prevention officers at Winco after he reportedly was seen taking merchandise from the Kennewick store.
Kennewick officers responded to assist in the shoplifting investigation, and that's when they found a plastic bag on Stickley that contained the credit cards, checkbook and a couple of identifications, court documents said. None of the items were in Stickley's name, documents said.
Police identified the owners of a Gesa Credit Union checking account and a Yakima Federal Savings Visa card. The women reported that their property had been stolen in a prior residential burglary, and that Stickley did not have permission to possess the items, court documents said.
In an interview with officers after his arrest, Stickley said he "found the bag of stolen items," documents said.
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