Greenville car thieves sentenced to jail time

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:56 am on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Christopher Brimmer

Brandon Smith

STANTON — Two young men from Greenville were sentenced to jail time Thursday for breaking into local vehicles.

Christopher Brimmer, 22, and Brandon Smith, 18, previously pleaded guilty to larceny from a motor vehicle. They were originally charged with larceny from a motor vehicle and breaking and entering a motor vehicle to steal property from $200 to $1,000.

Brimmer and Smith appeared for sentencing Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Stanton. They were each sentenced to four months in jail. Brimmer received four years probation and Smith received three years probation. Both must pay $625 in restitution.

Smith also received Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) status, a Michigan law giving a judge the option to withhold a conviction for certain offenders between the age of 17 and 21. The offender can ultimately avoid having a conviction on their record if they successfully complete a training program and convince the judge they are rehabilitated.

Brimmer did not receive HYTA status due to his extensive juvenile record.

At about 2:40 a.m. Oct. 29, 2012, a Greenville Department of Public Safety officer on patrol saw Brimmer and Smith walking in the area of Grove and Lafayette streets dressed all in black and carrying a duffle bag and backpacks.

The officer made contact with the men and discovered they were in possession of property and identification that did not belong to them. Further investigation revealed that the men were responsible for entering numerous unlocked vehicles and stealing various items that were left in the vehicles. Several victims were unaware of that their items were stolen until contacted by police officers.

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