A man in a Washington State University sweatshirt allegedly robbed a Tesoro gas station in Spokane at knife point early Sunday morning, making off with a package of beef jerky and a large canned beverage. It was your classic caper.
If the classic caper involves a villain known to pass out within blocks of the scene of the crime.
According to reports in the Spokesman Review by Meghann Cuniff, police responded to the reported robbery just before 4 a.m. Sunday morning. After not much police work at all, authorities located the suspected thief in the Great Tosoro Jerky Heist of 2012 ... passed out across the street. Authorities later identified the man as 45-year-old James Joseph Tolman.
Citing Officer Scott Haney, the Spokesman Review describes the scene:
A bystander had contacted Haney while he was interviewing the Tesoro clerk and told him there was a "man down" on the sidewalk in front of the Star Bar.
Haney saw a large pair of scissors and a large canned beverage sticking out of the man's front sweatshirt pocket. He also saw an empty package of jerky with its contents scattered around the sleeping man. The man also wore a Washington State University sweatshirt, which is what the clerk said the robber was wearing, and he matched the height and weight of the robber.
In a somewhat predictable move, at least if you believe the allegations now standing against him, police report that Tolman resisted arrest - leading to two Gonzaga University security officers coming in as backup to the aid of Haney in taking the suspected beef-jerky thief into custody. According to the Review's account, police say Tolman's face "was injured during the arrest process." Coincidentally, the paper also reports that Tolman was convicted of gun charges in U.S. District Court in 2004.
As of yesterday, Tolman was still in the Spokane County Jail on charges related to his botched robbery, as well as a U.S. Marshals' hold.
So far Tolman has not been charged for wasting perfectly good beef jerky, or sullying the name of the Washington State Cougars.