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      Wild Rover wallet thief sentenced to jail time

      The Negaunee woman who was caught on camera while stealing a wallet from a Marquette bar will spend the next four months in jail. On March 5, 33-year-old Tricia Lou Savard grabbed a man's wallet off of the bar at the Wild Rover.

      She was arrested two weeks later and charged with larceny. Savard and her accomplice, 30-year-old Charles Raymond Elvetici, were identified by numerous public tips after the surveillance video was released.

      Savard pled guilty to the felony charge last month and was sentenced Friday morning in Marquette County Circuit Court. Judge Thomas Solka read the victim's impact statement to the courtroom.

      "Victim, I am not. I did an unwise thing and left my wallet somewhere that a thing like this can happen. No opportunity, no crime," the victim wrote. "I feel sorry for this person. Anyone to have their freedom taken away is serious, and I think she needs more help than punishment."

      Savard told the courtroom that after serving her jail sentence, she plans to relocate to Lower Michigan and seek substance abuse counseling.

      "I disappointed many people that believe in me," Savard said. "The problem seems to be that I have a hard time believing in myself."

      Elvetici is spending a year in jail on a separate larceny charge after he broke into the Huron Mountain Bakery in Ishpeming two days after the incident at the Wild Rover.