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Former sheriff's deputy who stole trumpet takes plea deal

A now-former San Mateo County sheriff's deputy arrested in December 2012 for snatching and later discarding an expensive trumpet from a Millbrae hotel while he was off duty has accepted a plea bargain that includes 60 days in jail, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.


Brandon Hatt
Brandon Hatt, 35, pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony grand theft, which puts him on probation for three years and has him serving 60 days in jail in a court-approved service of sentence in San Diego County.

Mr. Hatt is no longer employed as a deputy in San Mateo County. "He doesn't work for us any more. He hasn't worked for us for a long time," Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said. "Because it's a personnel matter, I'm not able to go into the question as to how or why he doesn't work for us."

Prosecutors said Hatt was shooting pool at the Aloft Hotel in Millbrae on Dec. 20 when he left the hotel but re-entered a minute later and grabbed a jacket and a $2,000 trumpet belonging to a member of a band playing there.

The trumpet was recovered after Hatt allegedly threw it from a car window, according to prosecutors. The jacket was never recovered.

In addition to the jail time and probation, Hatt must abstain from using alcohol and drugs, submit to chemical testing and pay restitution to his victim in the amount of $533.29, according to the district attorney's office.

Hatt must report to jail on March 15.

— Almanac staff and Bay City News Service

Comments

Posted by Whoa, a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm

First, this seems like a sweetheart deal handed out by Steve Wagstaffe to a COP. A police officer should know that stealing a trumpet from a professional musician is equivalent to putting him out of work. This crime deserved a stiff punishment. One year in jail. A policeman is more culpable than the average citizen for something like this.

But the $64,000 question is not answered by this article: PLEASE tell me this crook has been fired as a sheriff's deputy, and can never be a policeman again.

Editor's note: This has been added to the story: Mr. Hatt is no longer employed as a deputy in San Mateo County. "He doesn't work for us any more. He hasn't worked for us for a long time," Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said. "Because it's a personnel matter, I'm not able to go into the question as to how or why he doesn't work for us."


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 23, 2014 at 7:36 am

Whoa:

They can't tell you if he's been fired due to the Police Officers Bill of Rights protecting his privacy. But I can tell you he has been convicted of a felony. Felons are not allowed to possess firearms in California which pretty much guarantees he can't work as a police officer.


Posted by SteveC, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

That is right. He can not longer carry a gun or be a peace officer in Calif. He should have lots of fun in jail, even if it is a short period.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

SteveC:

he'll spend 30 days in protective custody. Not so bad.


Posted by Downtowner, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 23, 2014 at 10:33 pm

The mandated restitution to the victim seems insufficient.


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