The New Mexico Man Accused of Stealing Mom’s Pozole Avoids Jail Time

Lead Photo: White Pozole by Thelmadatter licensed under CC by 3.0
White Pozole by Thelmadatter licensed under CC by 3.0
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When 24-year-old Jonathan Carlos Ray texted his mother to let her know he was stopping by for dinner in December of 2015, she told him not to come over. They’d had a disagreement, and Ray’s mom didn’t want him in the house. But it wasn’t just any basic dinner night – it was pozole night (or, as it is more popularly spelled in New Mexico, posole). So when he got to his mother’s home in Albuquerque, Jonathan broke in through the back door, went straight to the fridge, and made off with the soup like a posole bandit.

When his mother discovered what had happened, she called the police – because posole is a not a game, son. But she probably didn’t anticipate how quickly things would escalate; police wound up charging Ray with residential burglary.

Now, just in time for Mother’s Day, a judge has finally dismissed the charges against Ray. According to KOB 4, the case couldn’t proceed “because the only witnesses to the crime were [Ray] and his mother.”

Ray now lives at home with his mother, and says he learned a valuable takeaway from the whole ordeal:  “What mom says, goes.”