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Vancouver real estate agent gets one month for theft

Cory M. Escott pleaded guilty to stealing a prescription from a client's home

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter

A Vancouver real estate agent who was caught on camera stealing oxycodone tablets from a home that he was supposed to be showing to an interested client was sentenced Thursday to a month on a work crew.

Court documents show Cory M. Escott, 60, appeared before Clark County Superior Court Judge Bernard Veljacic and pleaded guilty to two charges: third-degree theft and first-degree criminal trespass.

Escott’s charges were amended as part of a plea agreement. He originally faced charges of residential burglary, third-degree theft and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

The conviction stems from a Feb. 28, 2017 incident at a house in the Maplecrest neighborhood. The homeowners reported that a real estate agent had stolen prescription medication from their home.

The victims, Travis and Allyson Clarke, told Clark County sheriff’s deputies that while they were at work, Escott entered the house using his access device and stole 12 oxycodone tablets. Travis Clarke showed deputies an empty bottle that had been on the top shelf of a kitchen cabinet, according to a probable cause affidavit.

He also pointed out the couple’s “nanny cam” on top of the upper kitchen cabinets and told deputies the whole thing was caught on camera.

In the video, Escott appears to be wearing latex gloves. He’s seen entering the kitchen and begins looking through the cabinets.

The video continues and shows Escott use a chair to reach the upper cabinets, and then the sound of pills being emptied from a bottle can be heard, according to the affidavit.

As part of his plea, Escott admitted he entered the home unlawfully and stole the victims’ property.

The total sentence handed down by Veljacic was a year in jail with all but a month suspended, which Escott will have to serve if he finds himself in trouble with the law again.

Columbian Breaking News Reporter