Ex-Gym Worker Accused Of ID Theft Sentenced

Christopher Antonio Polley, 26, To Serve 180 Days In Jail

A former employee of a Mission Beach fitness center, who racked up thousands of dollars in online purchases using clients' stolen identities, was sentenced Thursday to 180 days in jail and placed on five years probation.

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Christopher Antonio Polley, 26, pleaded guilty Aug. 8 to three felony counts, including grand theft and false personation of another.

Superior Court Judge Laura Halgren ordered Polley to make restitution, estimated to be about $40,000, though the figure could be as low as $20,000, according to defense attorney Jim Fitzpatrick.

Polley can apply for termination of probation after three years if the money is paid back, the judge said.

She also suspended an additional 180-day jail sentence for Polley.

Polley was arrested June 26 after police searched his Pacific Beach home.

"He's very apologetic," Fitzpatrick told reporters outside the courtroom. "It's a mistake he made, and from the moment it happened, he tried to make amends."

While working at the Wave House from May 2010 through January of this year, the defendant stole hundreds of applications and contracts, authorities said.

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