Rockledge Man, Cocoa Woman Plead Guilty To Home Depot Theft Ring In Brevard County
By Space Coast Daily // March 21, 2019
Timothy Kerstetter sentenced to 57 months in prison
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A Rockledge man has entered a guilty plea and sentenced to over four years in prison in a Home Depot theft ring bust, according to the State Attorney’s Office.
Timothy Vincent Kerstetter, 37, has pled guilty on charges of 41 counts that include Organized Fraud, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, Giving False Information of Ownership to Pawnbroker, and Petit Theft.
West Melbourne Police Department arrested Kerstetter on July 25, 2018, along with 28-year-old Elise Bianco and 41-year-old Kate Vickers in connection with a series of thefts targeting Home Depot stores in Brevard County and Indian River County.
Police identified a total of 21 incidents where the group had taken items from the shelves and placed them in their carts.
Those items were then offered as returns at the store and the group given gift cards as a refund.
The gift cards were then used to buy power tools that were later pawned for cash, according to court documents.
Kerstetter was sentenced to over four years in prison (57 months). He is also faced with drug offender probation for five years and must pay back $8,406.51 in restitution to Home Depot.
Should Kerstetter violate probation, he will qualify under the Anti-Murder Act (due to a prior Aggravated Assault) and will be facing a new minimum nine years in prison with a max of 305 years, per the plea agreement.
Vickers pled guilty last month to 2 counts of Grand Theft and has been sentenced to drug offender probation for four years, anti-theft class, 50 hours of community service and $946 in court and other costs.
Bianco has also pled guilty to one count of Organized Fraud, 16 counts of Grand Theft, 3 counts of Petit Theft, 1 count of Dealing in Stolen Property, and 1 count of Giving False Information to Pawnbrooker.
She has been sentenced to 20 months in prison, drug offender probation for five years and ordered to pay $1495 in court and other costs.
Angela Hall, 35, who is a fourth suspect in the investigation is still awaiting trial.
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