The state board that regulates real estate agents could revoke the license of a Missoula agent arrested over the weekend for allegedly stealing prescription drugs from open houses.

Christopher Shawn Conley, 34, has been charged with two counts of stealing painkillers from two homes on Sunday.

Conley, who works for ERA C&C Real Estate, also is charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft.

The state Board of Realty Regulation - five members appointed by the governor - handles complaints about real estate agents, and board members themselves can initiate a complaint, said Grace Berger, the board's executive secretary. The board also has the power to issue an emergency suspension of an agent's license, Berger said.

"They would look at whether there is potential harm to the public safety," Berger said.

The public probably won't find out what happens with Conley's real estate license any time soon. The complaint process isn't public until the board hears from Conley after a complaint is filed.

If the board does act, the most serious consequence would be revocation of his real estate license. Conley could also receive a public reprimand, a suspension or a requirement that he enter an educational program, Berger said.

Conley, the former golf pro at Eagle Bend in Bigfork, was arrested Sunday afternoon, shortly after he finished the second round of the Don Barnett Memorial golf tournament at the Missoula Country Club. Conley was leading the tournament that afternoon, but apparently left the course and went to at least two open houses on Rita Court, a development on the South Hills.

According to court records, the resident of 205 Rita Court had been warned by another neighbor that a man matching Conley's description had been at his open house a week or so earlier and may have taken prescription drugs from his medicine cabinet.

That man was on the lookout Sunday when Conley came to his house and, according to court records, stole medication containing codeine.

He then went next door to 203 Rita Court, where another homeowner had an open house under way, and allegedly took painkillers, including Lortab.

Police were called and a Missoula County sheriff's deputy caught Conley at the Noon's convenience store at 2480 39th Street. Although he initially denied taking the drugs, Conley later admitted taking the pills, court records state.

Conley was jailed briefly before being released on $6,000 bond Sunday evening.

He played the final round of the Barnett on Monday, shooting an 83 and finishing 11 strokes off the lead. He made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Conley's attorney, Neil Leitch, had no comment about the case against his client.

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