Montague man sent to jail for snowmobile theft

September 14, 2015
Trevor Heistand, with his attorney John Lewis, during a hearing in 27th Circuit Court last month.

Trevor Heistand, with his attorney John Lewis, during a hearing in 27th Circuit Court last month.

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — A 44-year-old Montague man who stole a trailer from David Allen Racing Motorsports last February only to return about a week later and steal a snowmobile was sentenced to serve 90 days up front of an 11-month discretionary jail sentence in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Sept. 14.

Trevor William Heistand’s attorney, Brien Fortino, said his client suffers from mental health issues, but doesn’t use his condition as an explanation for what occurred. Fortino asked Judge Anthony Monton to sentence Heistand to in-house arrest with a tether.

Monton said the sentencing guidelines called for incarceration for up to 11 months and said he would sentence Heistand on the “lower end” due to his issues. “Despite your problems, you went on a three-county crime spree,” Monton said in reference to Heistand’s criminal cases in Newaygo and Mecosta counties.

Heistand pleaded guilty last month to one count of larceny $1,000-$20,000, which is a five-year felony. In exchange for his guilty plea to count 2, which pertains to the snowmobile, count 1, which refers to the trailer, was dismissed.

The larceny of a 2014 Shorelander utility trailer valued at $2,000 from the DAR lot was reported to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, Feb. 17. The sheriff’s office developed “some gross characteristics of the suspect from surveillance video of the David Allen Racing store footage,” said Lt. Craig Mast previously. Deputies were again dispatched to DAR, Feb. 25, to respond to the report of a stolen snowmobile. They discovered that a 2011 black and white Bombardier SKT Ski-Do, valued at approximately $8,500, was stolen. The video showed that the same suspect vehicle was used in both crimes. The stolen property was later recovered at Heistand’s residence, Mast stated.

Monton also ordered that Heistand pay DAR over $1,200 in restitution and serve two years probation.

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