Laundromat employee pleads guilty to stealing coins from machines.
By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.
HART – A 48-year-old Hesperia woman who worked at the Hesperia Laundromat pleaded guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Aug. 12, to breaking and entering a coin-operated device for stealing money out of the washers and dryers.
Teresa Lee Pless-Brandt, of 9135 Fox Rd., testified that she used a key to steal quarters out of the machines for several months beginning in mid-January of this year.
In exchange for her plea, two other counts of breaking and entering a coin-operated device were dismissed. Sentencing guidelines in the case are zero to one month, and she will be sentenced to a jail term of up to one month, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.
“How did you get caught?” asked Judge Robert D. Springstead. “The police put in cameras,” Pless-Brandt replied.
She was arrested by the Hesperia Police Department.
The charge is punishable by up to three years in prison.
The exact amount of how much money was stolen has not yet been determined.
“There is not a firm restitution request,” Bizon said. A restitution hearing will be scheduled to determine the amount.
Pless-Brandt will also be sentenced to probation for up to two years.
Sentencing is set for Oct. 7 at 9 a.m.
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