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Pocatello man gets rider for tip jar theft

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POCATELLO — A man who stole around $28 from the tip jars of two local businesses has been sent on a rider.

Timothy William Halpin, 29, pleaded guilty to one felony burglary charge. As part of a plea agreement, a second felony charge was dismissed by the Bannock County Prosecutor’s Office.

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District Judge Javier Gabiola sent Halpin on a rider with an underlying prison sentence of two to four years, court records show.

A rider program is where a judge sends a person to prison for up to a year to undergo different treatment programs. When the inmate has completed those programs, the judge can then decide to send them back to prison or release them on probation.

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Halpin and 28-year-old Jonathon James Keele, of Grace, were arrested after reports of a theft at a local soda shop in July. Employees at the soda shop told police the men stole around $25 from a tip jar.

Officers later learned that after leaving the soda shop, the men went to a nearby restaurant and stole another $3 or so from a tip jar there.

Keele pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of aiding and abetting a petty theft and was sentenced to time served and $470 in fees and fines.

In addition to the rider, Halpin was ordered to pay $1,195.50 in fees and fines.

Jonathon Keele
Jonathon James Keele | Bannock County Jail