(JARED ARNOLD/Chewelah Independent)
STOLEN GOLF CLUBS: Matthew Sitton sentenced to 24 months parole for stealing golf clubs…
The man who was caught on video in June taking golf clubs and frozen steaks from the Chewelah Golf and Country Club has pled guilty and was sentenced on July 23.
Matthew G. Sitton, 35, of Chewelah pled guilty to Trafficking Stolen Property First Degree and Theft Second Degree in Stevens County Superior Court. A third charge of Theft Third Degree was dismissed.
Sitton was arrested at his mother’s house on June 3 after the head golf pro, Josh Olson, discovered that his clubs were missing from the clubhouse basement. The theft was recorded a day earlier on the golf course video security system and Chewelah police officer James Glover immediately recognized Sitton in the video carrying the clubs. The video also showed Sitton taking frozen steaks and putting them in his pants.
The clubs were valued at $4500 and the steaks $250.
Around the same time, police dispatchers took a call from Wayne Peck on Tyra Dr. who said that Sitton had tried to sell the clubs to him for scrap metal. According to the police report, Peck declined to buy the clubs after Sitton admitted that they were stolen. Police recovered the stolen clubs at the home where Sitton was arrested.
Judge Patrick Monasmith sentenced Sitton to 24 months community custody, and six months residential chemical dependency treatment. He also must pay $299 restitution to Chewelah Golf and Country Club and $500 for crime victim assessment.