Subcontractor faces jail for attempted wedding ring theft.

May 9, 2016
Cory Lidke with his attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz.

Cory Lidke with his attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz.

By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 25-year-old North Muskegon man faces a three-month jail sentence after pleading guilty Monday, May 9, in 27th Circuit Court to attempted larceny from a building for trying to steal two wedding rings valued at $4,150 from a house in the 4000 block of West Park Road in Grant Township last December.

Cory Scott Lidke, of 413 Center St., was working at the home as a subcontractor, installing carpet for a local flooring company, according to the police report.

He was arrested by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, March 25, initially facing a more serious charge of larceny from a building. The larceny count was dismissed when he pleaded guilty to attempted larceny. The plea agreement calls for capping his jail time at three months, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. The maximum penalty for attempted larceny from a building is two years in prison.

The police report states that he admitted to the police officer who interviewed him that he took the rings, because he was hurting for money and being evicted from his apartment. He told the officer that he needed the money to provide a home for his child, the report states.

Lidke sold the rings at Gold Recyclers in the Lakes Mall in Norton Shores for $320 last December, according to the report. Police seized the rings.

Lidke, who is free after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, is set for sentencing June 20 at 9 a.m.

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