REDWOOD CITY - An off-duty San Mateo County sheriff's deputy arrested in December 2012 for snatching and later discarding an expensive trumpet from a Millbrae hotel has accepted a plea bargain that includes 60 days in jail, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Brandon Hatt, 35, pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony grand theft, which puts him on probation for three years and has him serving 60 days in jail in a court-approved service of sentence in San Diego County.

Prosecutors said Hatt was shooting pool at the Aloft Hotel in Millbrae on Dec. 20 when he left the hotel but re-entered a minute later and grabbed a jacket and a $2,000 trumpet belonging to a member of a band playing there.

The trumpet was recovered after Hatt allegedly threw it from a car window, according to prosecutors. The jacket was never recovered.

In addition to the jail time and probation, Hatt must abstain from using alcohol and drugs, submit to chemical testing and pay restitution to his victim in the amount of $533.29, according to the district attorney's office.

Hatt must report to jail on March 15.



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