2018-09-10 / News

Can of beer costs Marlette man $465

By Steven Kovac
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com

MARLETTE — Taking a “tall cool one” from Speedway without paying for it proved a costly mistake for Trinity J. Sanders.

According to Marlette Police Chief Brian McGinnis, Sanders’ problems began when he walked out of the Main Street business without paying for the beverage.

McGinnis told Sanilac County News that on Dec. 28, 2017, he was dispatched to Ben’s Supercenter at 2424 S. Van Dyke Road in Marlette when store employees reported an intoxicated subject who “appeared” to have stolen some alcohol.

Upon investigation, the subject produced a 25-ounce can of beer that he told police he had purchased at Speedway 20 minutes prior.

After interviewing the clerk at Speedway, and reviewing the store’s video surveillance tapes, which showed Sanders putting the can of beer in his pocket and leaving the store without paying for it, Speedway officials requested a report be forwarded to the Sanilac County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sanders was charged with retail fraud.

The case ended with a guilty plea and sentence last month in Sanilac County District Court.

A Judgment of Sentence form from the court dated Aug. 20 indicates Sanders, 33, of Lilac Street in Marlette pleaded guilty to retail fraud in the third degree.

Sanders was sentenced to pay restitution to Speedway in the amount of $1.39 for the beer. He was also ordered to pay $464.97 in fines and court costs and serve 5 days in jail with credit for 2 days served.

He was placed on 6 months probation with the balance of his jail term held in abeyance pending successful completion of probation.

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