BOISE — After filing charges against a man and then dismissing them, Ada County prosecutors have charged the man’s son — who shares his first and last name — with the same crimes.
Mario Rodriguez, 25, of Boise faces a host of criminal charges, including two counts of grand theft, and 10 counts of felony burglary. Prosecutors say he stole thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise from NAPA Auto Parts, a company he once worked for, as well as equipment from another business. They also claim he used a private company’s business account without permission. They say he committed those crimes between Feb. 1 and March 5 of this year.
Earlier this year, prosecutors charged Rodriguez’s father, also Mario Rodriguez, 48, with 10 counts of burglary and two counts of grand theft in connection with the reported crimes. They filed a criminal complaint against him March 19, and he was arrested later that month.
A judge set his bond at $75,000, and he was able to make a payment for his release from jail, according to court records. Typically, a defendant is required to pay 10 percent of that money to be released from jail.
Prosecutors on April 26 filed a motion to drop charges against the elder Rodriguez “in the interest of justice,” according to the motion.
“So Mr. Rodriguez the elder is out quite a bit of money for his own bond as well as the emotional stress for being incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit,” Theresa Martin, the attorney who represented the younger Mario Rodirguez, said in court Monday. “Now the state is alleging this Mario Rodriguez is the one who committed these crimes.”
On the warrant for the younger Mario Rodriguez’s arrest, a judge had suggested his bond be placed at $100,000. Magistrate Judge John Hawley on Monday left the bond at that amount. He scheduled a hearing in the case for June 13.
Randall Barnum, the attorney retained to represent the younger Rodriguez, said he did not know the facts of the case against the elder Mario Rodriguez. Barnum said he hadn’t yet received evidence in the younger Rodriguez’s case, and thus didn’t have that information.