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News - February 5, 2014

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, 35, pleaded no contest on Jan. 21 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 Mr. 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 Mr. Hatt allegedly threw it from a car window, according to prosecutors. The jacket was never recovered.

In addition to the jail time and probation, Mr. 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.

He must report to jail on March 15.

Almanac staff and Bay City News Service

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