Car wash break-in defendant ordered to pay restitution

Cary Ashby • Apr 26, 2013 at 9:07 AM

A Greenwich man must pay $1,696 in restitution to a village car wash for damage he did to the coin machines.

Jeffrey P. Gibson, 37, of 2 E. Main St., pleaded guilty in mid-March to breaking and entering. In exchange, the state dismissed one charge of possession of criminal tools.

"I want to apologize for my actions. I am trying to better myself," Gibson said at Wednesday's sentencing hearing.

As part of his three years of probation, Gibson faces 60 days in the Huron County Jail that his probation officer can impose at his or her discretion. He faces one year in prison if he violates his community control sanctions.

Greenwich Police Officer Aaron Gibson, who isn't related to the defendant, was on-duty and getting out of his cruiser at the station at 3:35 a.m. Nov. 14 when he heard several banging noises across the street at the car wash.

"He saw the coin machine shaking," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said in March.

The officer determined someone was inside and approached the building. Police later found a crowbar inside the office.

Jeffrey Gibson eventually exited after the officer knocked on the door several times and announced who he was.

"I advised the subject at gunpoint to place both hands in the air with (his) palms open and not to move," the officer wrote in his report.

During a pat-down for possible weapons, the officer said he found a long-neck Phillips screwdriver sticking out of Gibson's right pants pocket. The officer also found a Marvin Memorial Library card on the defendant. Gibson later admitted to using the screwdriver and the card found to break into the office and used the screwdriver to break into the coin machine.

Gibson said "he learned how to use the card to unlock the door from a television show," police said.

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