Two Nashville area men, allegedly caught trying to break-in to Center Hill Sports Marine on Sparta Highway in June were in DeKalb County Criminal Court Wednesday.
Judge Leon Burns, Jr. presided.
28 year old Lisyander Morales and 21 year old Dainier Hernandez pleaded guilty to burglary and theft over $1,000. Each man received a two year sentence in each case at 30% but suspended to judicial diversion supervised probation. The sentences against each man are to run concurrently. Restitution of $600 must be paid to the victim jointly and severally by the defendants. Charges of Vandalism over $1,000 and possession of burglary tools were dismissed upon their plea.
A sheriff's department deputy caught Morales, Hernandez, and another man, 28 year old Davier Negron Cabrera committing a burglary and theft at Center Hill Sports Marine on Sparta Highway while doing his nightly patrols, checking on businesses Friday evening, June 1.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that entry was made by cutting through a fenced area on the property. Once inside the fence, the three men entered several boats. Found at the scene were bolt cutters, used to cut the fence. Inside their vehicle, a white Suburban, the deputy found various tools including a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, and binoculars. Items stolen from the boats included sixteen life jackets, two tubes, a knee board, two fire extinguishers, and multi boat ropes. The total estimated value of these items is $1,240.
According to the officer's report, the deputy discovered the burglary in progress while conducting his nightly business checks. While pulling in the parking lot of the business, the officer saw someone inside the gated area, carrying a tube that is normally pulled behind a boat. The man waved at the officer, then dropped the tube. When the deputy stopped and got out of his patrol car, he saw life jackets piled up outside the fence and noticed that the fence had been cut. Bolt cutters were found by the fence. He also spotted a white Suburban parked across the road and heard persons nearby running into the woods. More life jackets were found at the vehicle. After searching the area, the deputy saw one of the suspects in the woods near the Suburban. Two other men were later seen walking along Sparta Highway. All three men were taken into custody.
Cabrera's case has apparently not yet been settled in court.