Hearing held in case of Tech wallet theft

HOUGHTON – A resolution could be reached by next week in the case of a Dollar Bay man charged of stealing a wallet from a Michigan Technological University locker in 2011.

Gordon Lewis, 21, is scheduled to stand trial starting March 11 on a charge of larceny in a building, a four-year felony.

Prosecutor Michael Makinen said he had talked about a plea agreement with Lewis’s attorney, David Gemignani. However, he said, he will first have to discuss it with probation officer Russ Ryynanen.

“I don’t know if we’re going to be able to offer a deal,” he said.

If an agreement falls through, Makinen said, he will look to add additional charges.

In that scenario, Gemignani said, he would motion for the case to be remanded to district court for a hearing on the new charges.

In an earlier district court hearing, the wallet’s owner estimated up to $350 was taken from two accounts.

Lewis was sentenced to time served in October on a charge of attempted safebreaking, a five-year felony, connected to an attempt to break into an ATM in Miner’s State Bank in South Range in October 2011. In July, Lewis went to trial on the life felony of safebreaking, which ended in a mistrial.