Bannock County Prosecutor


Former nursing home worker pleads guilty to felony burglary

By John O’Connell – Journal Writer

POCATELLO – When a Portneuf Valley Rehab resident worried he would forget his ATM pin number, former nursing home employee Robbie Oliver agreed to memorize it and drive the man to Zion’s Bank.

A few days later, Oliver stole the man’s ATM card and used it to withdraw $1,300.

Oliver, 24, 915 N. Hayes Ave., Pocatello, pleaded guilty to a charge of fraudulent use of a transaction card Monday in connection with the Jan. 15 incident.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Parris said Oliver later spent the money gambling at Bannock Peak Truck Stop.

Oliver also pleaded guilty to felony burglary and probation violation for defrauding a 91-year-old Portneuf Valley Rehab resident on Jan. 21.

After the elderly man told Oliver his house on Lower Road in Bannock County was vacant, Oliver broke into it and stole a checkbook, Parris said.

“He broke the garage door with his shoulder and pried the inside door with a screw driver,” Parris said.

Parris said Oliver admitted he used the checks to buy goods at several local convenience stores and traded merchandise for drugs.

Both victims later died from flue-like symptoms at Portneuf Medical Center.

At Parris’s request, police investigated the deaths and determined they were not suspicious.

Oliver is scheduled to be sentenced May 19 by Sixth District Judge William Woodland on both cases.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped charges of felony forgery, grand theft and two sentence enhancements for being a persistent violator. Oliver’s public defender, Kent Reynolds, could not be reached for comment.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for the burglary charge and a possible five-year prison term and a $50,000 fine for fraudulent use of a transaction card.

Parris said prison time will also be imposed because Oliver violated his probation for trafficking in methamphetamine by manufacturing and burglary.

Parris said he will probably ask Woodland to impose consecutive prison sentences on the charges.

“He’s got a felony record that’s just horrible,” Parris said. “This guy’s dug himself a hole.”

Officials at Portneuf Valley Rehab, 2200 E. Terry, could not be reached for comment.

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