Grand Rapids man pleads guilty to involvement in Evart auto shop burglary
REED CITY — A Grand Rapids man pleaded guilty last week to his involvement in a January burglary at an auto repair shop in Evart.
John Henry Bedford, 40, of Grand Rapids, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving and concealing stolen property valued between $1,000 and $20,000.
The Michigan State Police began an investigation into the burglary when troopers received a report of about $60,000 in tools and equipment stolen from the Evart auto body repair shop.
Bedford was sentenced to one year in jail and will be credited for time served in Allegan County, and finish the remainder of his sentence in Osceola County Jail. He will be on probation for two years and also is ordered to pay $18,725 in restitution.
A co-defendant, Robert Edward McCarthy, of Reed City, was sentenced on Aug. 2 to one year in jail after pleading guilty to a lesser, added charge of receiving and concealing stolen property valued less than $1,000.
One count of receiving and concealing stolen property valued between $1,000 and $20,000 was dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea to the added charge.
McCarthy receives 185 days credit toward his one year sentence. He will be on probation for two years and is ordered to pay $17,900 in restitution.