A year in jail or work release is the sentence for one of two men who repeatedly broke into vehicles at golf courses and fitness centers across the Twin Cities, stealing credit and debit cards for their shopping sprees.
The sentence for Damien A. McVay, 27, of Minneapolis, was handed down last week in Washington County District Court. He received credit for 78 days served upon his arrest and has the option of serving the time on work release or a similar alternative. He will be on probation for 20 years.
McVay and his co-defendant must pay $17,000 in restitution to their victims.
Accomplice Marquail Townsend, 23, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty in August and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 22.
From Feb. 10 until June 9, at least 22 people were victimized in more than a dozen suburbs — from Edina to Roseville and from St. Michael to Woodbury. The two men also slipped over the border and swiped items from a vehicle in Hudson, Wis. After authorities attached a GPS device to a suspect’s car, the crime spree came to an end.
McVay was charged in Washington County because he targeted a Life Time Fitness parking lot in Woodbury several times.
The two bought electronics, gasoline, large amounts of cigarettes and other items with the stolen cards.