Border Patrol agent to sentenced to 3 years probation

BISBEE, AZ (KOLD) - A Border Patrol agent from El Paso temporarily assigned to work in Douglas was sentenced to three years probation for stealing a women's purse.

Teofilo Rodarte, 32, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and identity theft in Cochise County Superior Court.

Cochise County Prosecutor Doyle Johnstun said the agent reached a plea agreement and was sentenced last week.

When Rodarte was arrested on Aug. 4, he was off duty. He was charged with one count of burglary, three counts of forgery, one count of theft and eight counts of illegal use of a credit card.

Sgt. Jose Duarte of the Douglas Police Department said the purse was taken at the Chevron Gas Station in Douglas.

The victim said her purse was stolen from her car during the early-morning hours.

The purse was left on the floorboard, Duarte said. The victim said the purse was valued at $300 and that she had her cell phone, identification, multiple credit cards and cash inside of the purse.

The agent used her credit cards at the local Wal-Mart Store for multiple purchases totaling $231, the victim said.

Judge Wallace Hoggatt also ordered Rodarte to pay $911 in restitution, a $1,000 fine and a $840 surcharge.

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