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Off-duty sheriff's deputy who stole trumpet takes plea deal

Original post made on Jan 22, 2014

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

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 3:29 PM


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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."

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


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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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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