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Son who walked off with Decatur parents' safe gets 24 months probation
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Son who walked off with Decatur parents' safe gets 24 months probation

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Brandon M. Diggs

Brandon M. Diggs

DECATUR — Brandon M. Diggs, the Decatur man who walked off with his parents’ 100-pound safe holding more than $8,000 in cash and jewelry, is now serving a 24-month probation sentence.

Diggs, 18, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court Aug. 16 and pleaded guilty to a charge of theft in a plea deal arranged by his attorney, Dave Ellison. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,300 and was ordered to pay a $250 fee so the State Police can add his DNA to a criminal database.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police about the crime said the theft had occurred the night of April 27 when Diggs was captured on surveillance camera entering the home of his stepmother and late father in the 1700 block of North 24th Street.

Police Officer Josh Whitney said the camera footage showed Diggs walking around the house at 12 a.m., using a flashlight app on his phone to see by. After playing video games for a while, Whitney said Diggs can be seen tracing the path of the power cord that runs the security camera, which then abruptly shuts off.

The safe was later discovered missing from his stepmother’s bedroom. She told police it held more than $8,000, several gold and diamond rings and gold necklaces, and an envelope holding the title to three trucks, three trailers and two boats.

Diggs had remained free since posting $3,000 bail.


2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review 

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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