Man sent to jail for breaking into shop, stealing scrap metal.

May 29, 2018

Brian Petro, left, with defense attorney Al Swanson Jr.

Man sent to jail for breaking into shop, stealing scrap metal.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 33-year-old Ludington man was sentenced to serve nine months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term Tuesday, May 29, in 51st Circuit Court for convictions of breaking and entering with intent and buying/selling stolen scrap metal.

Brian Keith Petro, of 1101 S. Madison Ave., was arrested last January by the Ludington Police Department after he and an accomplice broke into the former Harrington Tool building on North Rath Avenue, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. He stole copper tubing and wiring, and sold it for scrap.

Petro worked briefly for a subcontractor of the renovation project at the site, Spaniola said. The site will soon be the Ludington home of Hegg’s Furniture.

He had no prior felonies and three previous misdemeanor convictions, said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski.

Judge Sniegowski also ordered $2,580 in restitution and 18 months probation. Petro received credit for 119 days served in jail.

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