Oct 11, 2013 6:43 PM by Sara Donchey
JIM WELLS COUNTY -- A former Orange Grove police officer surrendered a short time ago at the Nueces County Jail to begin serving a 100 day sentence on felony theft charges.
But Jaramillo's trouble with the law goes back a lot farther than today.
In 2011, Jaramillo and his wife Brandy rented out a building off Highway 281 in Alice.
They opened and ran their own Mexican restaurant, El Patron.
But the brother and sister duo who own the building said he didn't pay his rent. And when they kicked the Jaramillos out, they stole five tables and a fire extinguisher from the property.
The property owners filed theft charges, and Jaramillo pled "no contest." As a result of those charges, Jaramillo was given six months probation that began in May of this year.
But Jaramillo is in even more financial trouble than that.
According to the Jim Wells County Appraisal District, he still owes more than $1000 dollars in business taxes.
Last year Jaramillo was also accused of running a rental scam. Four different people filed complaints with the Alice Police Department. Each person claimed that Jaramillo advertised a home for rent.
Jaramillo accepted cash for what he claimed would be a deposit, but it turned out there was never a home available. Jaramillo never returned their phone calls--or their money.
Before the Jim Wells County Attorney's office was able to file a complaint, Jaramillo's lawyer lawyer negotiated a deal to pay back the victims in order to avoid charges.
Meanwhile, the case filed by the fourth party is still pending.