Goodwill employees and accomplice admit to stealing from donation bins www.privateofficer.com
Washington County OR March 28 2012 Three of four people accused of stealing thousands of dollars in donated goods last year from a nonprofit organization have been convicted and sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court.
The case: In July, Goodwill of the Columbia-Willamette received a tip saying a pickup driver was possibly taking donated goods while making his rounds. Goodwill alerted Washington County Sheriff’s deputies, and a private investigator hired by the nonprofit turned the investigation over to the sheriff’s office.
On Nov. 17, deputies arrested Jason Michel Baca, 34, a Goodwill employee on multiple theft charges. Baca gave authorities permission to search his Cornelius home, where investigators found thousands of DVDs, compact discs and video games, along with hundreds of shoes and 10 big-screen televisions.
Three others were also arrested: Melissa Baca, 33, Robert Holloway, 22, and Brandon Chabotte, 22. Authorities say all three men at one time were Goodwill employees.
On March 5, Melissa Baca and Holloway each pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree theft. On March 13, Jason Baca pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree theft. Chabotte’s case is set for trial May 22. Sentence: Jason Baca was sentenced to one year and one month in prison, one year of post-prison supervision and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution. Melissa Baca and Holloway each received 18 months of bench probation and each must perform 150 hours of community service. Holloway was also ordered to pay $220 in restitution. Source:OregonLive.com