Trial date set in major theft string

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WALLA WALLA — A man allegedly caught with stolen property from as many as 30 vehicle prowls in the area pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to five felony charges.

Nicolas Almiron, 20, of 412 S. Eighth Ave., is set for trial Oct. 11 and 12.

He’s accused of first-degree theft, possession of a stolen firearm, first-degree possessing stolen property, first-degree trafficking in stolen property and violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act — possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Walla Walla police said their investigation began about four months ago when law enforcement came upon several cases of fraud related to credit cards stolen from vehicles in Walla Walla and Umatilla counties, in addition to the Tri-Cities.

The investigation led to a search of Almiron’s rented home Aug. 12. At the residence, officials allegedly turned up 115 stolen items including credit cards, a camera and lens, a handgun, case of wine, softball bats, golf clubs, tennis rackets, lawn edgers, laptops, GPS units, TV players and purses.

The property is valued at more than $15,000, according to officials.

Police said they also uncovered evidence that Almiron was trying to sell the stolen camera and other property on Craigslist. Officials also reportedly found several baggies of marijuana, packaging materials and a set of electronic scales.

Almiron was arrested and booked into the County Jail. Bail was set at $25,000.

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