Resident pleads guilty in larceny case

ESCANABA – An Escanaba man, who admitted stealing store merchandise, pleaded guilty to attempted larceny during a plea hearing Tuesday in Delta County Circuit Court.

Michael Anthony Laverdiere, 31, will be sentenced on Dec. 20 on one count of attempted larceny in a building. The felony carries a maximum punishment of two years in prison.

Laverdiere told the court he stole items, valued between $3,000-$4,000, in August and September.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss one count of receiving and concealing stolen property $1,000 to $20,000 which is a 10-year felony.

According to Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post, Laverdiere allegedly stole items from Walmart and Menards in Escanaba during August and September. He then pawned some of the stolen goods to Wheel N Deals of Escanaba, said troopers.

Items stolen included a generator, three drills, saw blades, carpet cleaner, an air mattress, a box spring, hardwood flooring, ceiling tile, and a cabinet and sink.

Restitution to Menards is estimated at $1,800. Restitution to Wheel N Deals Pawn Shop will be determined.

Laverdiere remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond.