Muskegon man sent to jail for stealing antiques.

November 5, 2018

Keith Mueller with attorney Lynn Bremer.

Muskegon man sent to jail for stealing antiques.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 29-year-old Muskegon man was sentenced to one year in jail for a conviction of larceny by conversion $1,000-$20,000 in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Nov. 5.

Keith James Mueller, of 2346 Lincoln Park Dr., pleaded guilty last August.

Mueller was working on a moving crew for an antique dealer and stole items, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. The stolen property was ultimately found in his storage shed, Bizon said.

“He defaulted on payment, and when they opened up the shed, they found (the stolen property),” he said. Following an investigation, Mueller was arrested by the Michigan State Police.

A restitution hearing is set for for Dec. 17. Damages total $57,000, said Judge Robert D. Springstead.

“I’ve been gainfully employed for over three years, and I’m trying to better my life,” Mueller told the judge. “I’m just trying to progress.”

Springstead gave him credit for one day served in jail and ordered 18 months probation.

“I’m not granting work release, but I would look at it if the jail determines that you meet the criteria,” said Springstead. He cautioned that he would consider work release but may not necessarily allow it due to his criminal history.

Mueller has a long juvenile record as well as a lengthy adult record, which includes 18 misdemeanors and three felony convictions by the age of 29, said Springstead.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are seven to 23 months.

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