Simoleon snatcher found after visit to pot shop

Posted 11/29/22

A 34-year-old homeless man was arrested after he allegedly stole money off the walls at Fat Smitty’s restaurant and used the cash to go shopping at a nearby cannabis store.

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Simoleon snatcher found after visit to pot shop

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A 34-year-old homeless man was arrested after he allegedly stole money off the walls at Fat Smitty’s restaurant and used the cash to go shopping at a nearby cannabis store.

Jordan W. Durkin is facing charges of third-degree theft and possession of a stolen  firearm. Durkin made his first appearance in Jefferson County Superior Court Monday.

Prosecutors allege that Durkin went into Fat Smitty’s Saturday morning and people in the restaurant said he pulled money that had been tacked to the walls. The walls and ceiling of the popular roadside eatery are typically covered with dollar bills and other bills from customers, with the tips eventually collected and donated to local charities.

Durkin had been seen going to Discovery Bay Cannabis, and a deputy talked to a worker at the legal pot shop who said a person had just been in the store and had bought something with money that was embellished like the bills that decorate Fat Smitty’s.

Deputies found Durkin a short distance from the store, next to the water. He became argumentative with a deputy after he was contacted, according to a statement of probable cause, and said he had only taken sugar for his coffee from the restaurant.

Durkin also claimed he had only taken a dollar from the restaurant, and offered to give it back, according to court records.

While deputies were searching him, Durkin told officers he had a gun in his backpack.

The firearm was seized, and it was discovered the gun had been reported as stolen in Mason County and the theft had been captured on camera. Court records indicate Durkin was wearing the same clothes from the footage of the gun theft that he had on when he was arrested.

During his court appearance Nov. 21, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tuppence Macintyre  noted that Durkin had a history of arrests in King County for burglary that had been dismissed due to issues of mental competency.

Macintyre asked Court Commissioner Micky Forbes to set bail at $5,000.

Forbes agreed, and set Durkin’s arraignment on the two felony charges for Dec. 2.

Conviction of a stolen firearm can result in a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Third-degree theft can result in a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine upon conviction.

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  • MargeS

    A Simoleon: definition $1. I think he took more than a dollar. Stealing from a charity is pretty low.

    Tuesday, November 29, 2022 Report this

  • Snowball_InHawaii

    He's known as the King of Simolea........He phoned me to send him a dollar, to cover the cost of mailing my lottery winnings in the mail. I'd best get that dollar in the mail, and wait out by the mailbox for my winnings to show up!

    Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Report this