Teen to do service for theft | TheUnion.com

Teen to do service for theft

Entering a plea of no contest, William Curtis, 18, was sentenced to 163 hours of community service and three years of court probation for the theft of a Grass Valley motorcycle officer’s helmet.

Wearing a blue-collard shirt and tie, Curtis looked somber, sitting with his parents while he waited in the Nevada County Superior Court on Thursday.

On May 29, Curtis stole the helmet, while the officer attended an educational DUI trial at Nevada Union High School.

“I did some dumb things as a teenager but nothing that dumb,” Judge Ersel L. Edwards told Curtis in court.

Curtis is to complete his community service hours, 43 of which are to pay for various fines, by March 14, 2008.

Attending the University of Washington in the fall, Curtis may be splitting his community service hours between the Grass Valley Police Department and the state of Washington.

Public Defender Jody Schutz represented Curtis in court. The deputy DA was Jim Phillips.

Grass Valley Police Capt. Dave Remillard was disappointed with the sentence.

“This seems to minimize the act,” he said. “What kind of message are we sending out when people steal important pieces of equipment related to someone’s profession and they get this type of sentence?”

But, he said if Curtis does end up doing some of his community service at the police station, he hopes it is a positive learning experience.


Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister contributed to this report. To contact Staff Writer Lindsey Croft, e-mail lindseyc@ theunion.com or call 477-4247.

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