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Report: NM Inmate Steals Money Walking Out Of Jail

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File photo of inmates in a prison.  (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

File photo of inmates in a prison. (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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SANTA FE, N.M. (CBS Las Vegas/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 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.

“You would think after three of four times in jail, you would take to heart why you’re in there, maybe try to change your behavior,” Lt. William Pacheco of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office told the station.

It was unclear if he had an attorney.

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