Woman sentenced in local vehicle break-ins

Becky Vargo • Oct 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM

A 25-year-old Grand Rapids woman charged with breaking into vehicles in Spring Lake Township had her jail sentence suspended when Judge Jon Hulsing realized she had enough money with her to cover court costs and restitution.

During sentencing on Monday, Meaghan Creswell Hunt promised the judge that she was putting her best foot forward from this point onward. She told the judge that she was no longer associating with the friends also charged in a series of vehicle break-ins in Spring Lake and Grand Haven last year.

Hulsing said the court views a group offense as much more serious when he ordered her to serve 30 days in jail. He also put her on probation for 18 months and ordered her to complete 24 hours of community service, as well as pay a minimum of $330 restitution.

When Creswell Hunt told the judge she brought $1,500 with her to cover her costs, he suspended the jail sentence, as long as the costs were paid.

Hulsing said he was impressed she was able to do that, given her income level.

Creswell Hunt faced three charges of breaking and entering vehicles with the intent to steal less than $200, based on incidents in Grand Haven on Nov. 16, 2016, and in Spring Lake Township on Nov. 27, 2016. She was also charged with possession of a financial transaction device.

She was not prosecuted on the Grand Haven charges. Her sentence was based on the Spring Lake incident.

Creswell Hunt’s criminal history includes two prior convictions in Ottawa County. She was sentenced in December 2016 to nine months probation for possession of marijuana from an Oct. 1, 2016, incident in Grand Haven. She also lost her driver’s license for six months. Her probation was extended to March 12, 2018, after a probation violation. She also received five days in jail at that time.

On Aug. 3, Creswell Hunt was fined $475 for operating a motor vehicle without security based on an incident from May 2 in Grand Haven. She was also ordered to pay a $150 fine for driving while her license was suspended.

Also charged in the incidents, according to Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, were: Lardeon Dajshawn Baker, 19, of Grand Rapids; and Kwyntae Martell-Layon Long, 20, also of Grand Rapids.

Baker was sentenced Sept. 5 to 84 days jail, 18 months probation and restitution to be determined. He also was not prosecuted on the Grand Haven charges.

Long is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Oct. 30 on the same charges. He is lodged in the Ottawa County Jail on a $10,000 bond after failing to appear for earlier hearings.

Bennett said a 23-year-old Grand Rapids woman was also involved. She was not named because she has not been arraigned on any of the charges yet.

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