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Intoxicated Sheriff Steals Parkway Heights Teacher's Trumpet, Throws it Out Car Window.

A local sheriff deputy was arrested on one count of grand theft for stealing music teacher's trumpet and throwing it out the window of a moving car after a night of heavy drinking.

My name is Jesse and I am the band director at Parkway Heights Middle School here in South City.

Thursday night, I was playing a gig at Aloft Hotel with Curt Yagi and the People Standing Behind Me. We were finishing up our second set when a group of noticeably drunk, foul-mouthed men walked up to play a game of pool next to where we were playing. We tried to make small talk with them, but they didn't seem to be very friendly. After one of them kept loudly spouting profanities, one of the other men advised his friend, "don't get us kicked out."

After we finished our last set, we packed up our equipment and left it where we had been playing and headed to the bar area to enjoy the rest of the evening. The men at the pool table stayed and continued their game. I noticed at one point in the night that a sheriff in uniform had joined the group. "Good," I thought "maybe he's telling them to behave." Nope. He must have been a friend from work. The rest of the guys in the band had gone home for the evening, so only my belongings remained by the pool table. I thought they would be safe while I was at the bar, especially with all the security cameras and an officer of the law present.

As my wife and I got up to leave, we noticed that my trumpet, my most important material possession, and my jacket had disappeared. I was so upset. To make a very long story short, I came from a very troubled childhood and that trumpet was solely responsible for me graduating high school and going to college. It is my life and, as a musician and teacher, my very livelihood! The hotel called the police on my behalf. An immediate invstigation revealed that the men at the pool table were local sheriff duputies, one who is on staff in Millbrae. I couldn't believe it. When the reporting officer got to the scene, he said that this was "an embarassment" and "not representative of his organization."

In the time before he reported to the scene, he had already contacted his colleagues who were involved in the incident. They told him that they had thrown the trumpet (a $2000 value) out of the window of their car somewhere around Taylor and Magnolia Ave. in Millbrae. No word on the jacket. I wonder who the designated driver was, because before they left the hotel, the men seemed rather inebriated. The reporting officer searched the area to no avail. Later on that night, I went looking for it myself and found it in someone's driveway about a block away from where it was reported to have been ditched. I was so relieved. The jacket (a $200 value) was never found, but I'm not too concerned about that.

That night, sheriff deputy Brandon Hatt was arrested on one count of grand theft, a charge punishable by up to three years in prison. He was soon out on a $10,000 bail. The Sheriff’s Office will most likely be reviewing this incident in relation to Hatt’s position, according to District Attorney Karen Guidotti. Not too long ago, Hatt was awarded the medal of bravery by County Sheriff Greg Munks for saving a young man from committing suicide. He was a member of the U.S. Army and had once appeared on MTV's reality show FEAR. It is a shame that he made such a downright stupid decision. Though I am thoroughly upset by this incident, I do feel sorry for the guy. It could have been anybody who enjoyed his/her adult privileges a little too much.

I wonder what is going to happen to the other deputies involved. Deputy Hatt may have been the one to do the deed, but the rest of them apparently just let it happen. Does that make them accessories? I don't wish on anybody that they lose their job and livelihood, but this behavior isn't befitting of an any officer of the law. In the meantime, I was lucky to find a store in Oakland that could rent me a professional model trumpet for the holiday season while my own horn is being held indefinitely as evidence. This is the busiest time of the year for musicians. I don't look forward to it, but I'll be seeing everybody in court on January 28.

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Aaron February 02, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Most of the time when someone says "Get the scum off the streets" they are talking about me. While I do have a checkered past, I am not a trusted servant of justice. The evidence against Hatt is pretty severe, including Hatt admitting to the arresting officer having taken the trumpet and throwing it out a car window. If I had done what Hatt did, I would undoubtedly face jail time, as well as a potential felony. I would not have made the $10,000 bail, and my public defender would be advising me to take a plea deal. Also, Hatt was with three other law enforcement professionals at the time. Not only did these folks fail to intervene, but they participated. My cohorts would undoubtedly have been arrested at the same time as I and the car involved in the DUI impounded. Do I think he should go to jail? No ... jail is a place where criminals learn to be criminals and a culture of racism and violence is nurtured into it's customers. Jail just perpetuates this stuff. Yes it is true that there are sick people who need to be permanently removed from society for reasons of public safety, but these are not the vast majority of cases moving grindingly slow through our courts today. Hatt drank too much and had a bad night. I've done it. He should take responsibilty and move on into a carreer in private security. The not guilty plea indicates to me a lack of remorse or growth. FIRE HIM!
Cindy Cox February 17, 2013 at 09:00 PM
How sad that I am Jesse's mother and just found out on the www that this happened-last time I heard from him was in 2006..."honor thy mother and they father". If one wants to be respected then they also have to humble themselves and give respect to others as well; have understanding and compassion for one another. Jesse had some hard times in his child hood but he also had many good things also; all of us do! I'm very thankful that he is healthy and graduated from college; our prayers are heard. Just acknowledge that when someone is pointing 1 finger at someone else that 3 fingers are pointing back with your thumb facing to the heavens! I think that Jesse should forgive the officer because he was hanging out at the bar too-a trumpet is meant for tooting; not chugging, lol! The officer is to refrain from gunning down the drinks too because he will succumb to the seduction and foolishness of alcohol like any other man! "But for the Grace of God, therego I!" The trumpet herald said Jesse was sorry for stealing from his father!? Hmm, karma comes around; we reap what we sow, but then again I say that to father and son and visa versa. Too bad my son didn't come to his mother for love when Lucy was taken! I guess he loves her more than me! I have a 27 speed Elite Specialized bicycle if anyone wants to trade it for a trumpet for my son.
Cindy Cox February 17, 2013 at 09:04 PM
"Scumbags"!? And just who will you call for help when you need it...the police of course! Don't businessman, musicians, drs. lawyers and all these other so called respectable people hang out with "scumbags" at the bars wheter it be at the Hilton Hotel or lowly pub?!
Jim C February 19, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Cindy, I'm not sure what your point is about who people "hang out with". If you want to hand out with scumbags, if a police officer wants to hang out with scumbags, that's your choice and I won't judge you or the officer for that. But if you, a gang banger or a police officer steal something and then callously throw it out the window then, yes, "scumbag" is the appropriate term. Understand that I am about as pro-police as you can get. And it's precisely because of that that I find this officer's actions so reprehensible. He makes it easier for the punk kids to say that cops are dirty. He is part of the .01% of police officers that are dirty and he needs to be fired (after due process, of course) and treated as any other criminal would be treated. And any officer that was with him and knew what he was doing should be fired too.
Jesse M. February 19, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Cindy, you are violating the terms of Patch use by: 1. violating my right of privacy, and 2. writing things that are inaccurate, false or misleading in any way. I have flagged your comment. Also, as always, you may contact me through my personal e-mail address. Thank you very much.

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