Prosecutors say a San Mateo Sheriff’s deputy who has been accused of stealing a jacket and trumpet from a local musician has pled not guilty to the crimes.
Investigators say 34 year-old defendant Brandon Hatt reportedly took the items from a man who had been staying at a hotel in Millbrae. Hatt is believed to have stolen the items after a night out of playing pool.
Surveillance footage from the hotel shows Hatt leaving the building late in the night. He was then seen walking back in and departed again a short time later with the jacket and trumpet in his arms. Deputies say members of Hatt’s party say the items were subsequently tossed out of their moving vehicle. The instrument was located in the driveway of a local home. The jacket has yet to be located. The items are reported to have an approximate combined value of more than $2,000.
Hatt was arrested and booked into the Maguire Jail. He was released from custody after hiring a San Mateo bondsman to post a $10,000 bond. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s department said any sworn employee who is convicted of a felony would lose their job. This is due to a California law which prohibits convicted felons from carrying a gun.
Prosecutors say the defendant is due to appear back in court on March 21. They have also indicated they have not yet determined a motive for the crime although it is suspected alcohol could have played a role.