Man pleads guilty in string of thefts

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WALLA WALLA — A man facing charges for a string of auto prowls last summer pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges.

Nicolas Almiron, 21, of 412 S. Eighth Ave., agreed to plead to four counts in exchange for others being dismissed. Sentencing was tentatively set for Thursday.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Almiron pleaded guilty to first-degree theft, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of stolen property and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges of first-degree possession of stolen property and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 10 months in jail with restitution to be paid on all counts. Almiron, who is not a U.S. citizen, also faces deportation.

Almiron was arrested in August after an investigation by Walla Walla Police into 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 the search of Almiron’s home on Aug. 12. At the residence, officials said they found 115 stolen items from as many as 30 vehicle prowls in the area. The property was valued at more than $15,000.

During the search, police also reported finding several baggies of marijuana, packaging materials and a set of electronic scales.

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