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Report: NM inmate steals money walking out of jail

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 2:09pm  ET

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico inmate on his way out of jail was quickly thrown back in after authorities say he stole another inmate's cash then treated himself to a hearty lunch.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office told KOAT-TV ( http://bit.ly/TQnEJ2) that 20-year-old Frank Rodriguez-Tapia swiped $80 in cash while a guard's back was turned as Rodriguez-Tapia was walking out of jail. The money belonged to another inmate who was just coming into the Santa Fe jail and going through booking.

Police say Rodriguez-Tapia was supposed to report immediately to the electronic monitoring office, but bought lunch at Blake's Lotaburger. He later admitted to the theft, turned over the remaining $67 and was sent back to jail.

Rodriguez-Tapia is now facing new larceny charges.

It was unclear if he had an attorney.


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