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Deputy to face the music for trumpet theft
December 22, 2012, 05:00 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal Staff

San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Brandon Hatt was arrested Friday morning after allegedly stealing a man's trumpet then throwing it out the car window in Millbrae late Thursday evening.

Hatt, 34, was booked Friday morning and released on $10,000 bail within a few hours, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti. If convicted, he faces a three-year prison term. Guidotti added that the Sheriff's Office will most likely be reviewing this incident in relation to Hatt's position.

Parkway Heights Middle School music teacher Jesse Mathews, a Millbrae resident, was playing a gig with his band Curt Yagi and the People Standing Behind Me at the Aloft Hotel Thursday night from about 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nearby, he noticed a group of loud men, one in uniform.

After playing, the band took a break hanging out. Instruments were left where the acoustic rock and pop band had been playing. When it was time to leave, around 10 p.m. Mathews noticed his trumpet, worth $2,000, as well as his jacket, worth $200, had been stolen.

The hotel called the police on Mathews' behalf. The responding officer was apologetic for the actions of his colleagues, said Mathews. Before going to the hotel, the officer had contacted those who had been at the Aloft and learned the instrument was thrown from a car on Magnolia Avenue near Taylor Boulevard. The officer had looked for the instrument but was unable to find it, Mathews said. Mathews was able to find the instrument, which was in a soft case, in a driveway near Magnolia and Barclay avenues around 1 a.m.

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