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Sheriff's Deputy Pleads Not Guilty to Trumpet Theft

Deputy Brandon Hatt is accused of stealing the $2,000 instrument and a jacket.

Patch Blogger Jesse M. might be a trumpet player, but he wasn't too jazzed about being in court Monday morning.

He was there for the arraignment of Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Hatt, who is accused of stealing Jesse's trumpet on Dec. 20, 2012. 

Hatt entered a not guilty plea on Jan. 28 and a preliminary hearing was set for April 23. 

You can read Jesse's entire account of the night on his Patch blog post here.

According to District Attorney's Office notes, Hatt was at the Aloft Hotel in Millbrae shooting pool on that night. He is accused of stealing the performing musician's trumpet and jacket. The trumpet is valued at $2,000.

Jesse found the instrument later that night after it had been thrown from a car window in a Millbrae neighborhood. The jacket never turned up again.

Hatt was arrested that night and was later released on $10,000 bail.

Jesse's blog says that "not too long ago, Hatt was awarded the medal of bravery by 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.'"

Jesse M. January 30, 2013 at 08:09 PM
The arraignment was a surprising amount of nothing. Just because he plead not guilty doesn't mean that he denies the charges, just that he, like any other person in his situation, wants to right to defend himself. We have very telling video evidence of him walking off with my trumpet case. I'd rather seek a resolution outside of court than see this drag on for months. Honestly, I'm done being angry. My trumpet is okay. That's all I care about.
Antonio Catpo February 04, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Is this the people who are supposed to take care of us? 'Bad apples' should be removed from the force ASAP.

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