A College Park man took a plea last month and was ordered to pay restitution for aburglary at the Fish Tales restaurant, according to court documents.
Scott Posey Renfroe, 36, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and possession of tools of a crime. A third charge of criminal trespass was merged.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware previously told The Times the safe from Fish Tales on Hideaway Bay Marina was stolen Aug. 23 after the suspect cut through the beer cooler to enter the restaurant.
“The safe was hidden in a heavily wooded area on the property,” Ware wrote.
Before law enforcement arrived on the scene, the employees found the safe and “retrieved money and other valuable items” while “leaving the safe in the location it was discovered,” Ware said.
Employees later found Renfroe attempting to get into the safe.
According to the indictment, Renfroe was accused of having a crow bar, power drill, hand saw and a box of drill bits.
Ware confirmed the safe was empty at the time.
According to court documents, Renfroe is ordered to pay $539.99 in restitution to Fish Tales.
Judge Margaret Gregory handed down a sentence of five years with the first six months in confinement, but the custodial time has been deemed served.
The rest of the sentence may be on probation.