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Astoria man sentenced for burglary, robbery of local restaurants

Stone sentenced to more than 4 1/2 years after reaching plea deal
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 30, 2017 7:50AM

Last changed on November 30, 2017 7:53AM

An Astoria man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 1/2 years in prison for the robbery and burglary of two city restaurants.

Hart Holden Stone, 21, was arrested in June after robbing a Sahara Pizza delivery driver. He and a teenager, from a vacant Emerald Heights home where one of the suspects used to reside, ordered a pizza and manhandled the driver when he approached the door. While the suspect grabbed the man by the throat, Stone stole the driver’s cash bag and ran off.

Astoria police arrested Stone shortly after, while the other suspect remained at large. Police eventually identified Christopher Joe Reimers, 17, as the suspect and arrested him in connection with the case. He is in a Cowlitz County, Washington, jail in a separate case.

Both were charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree theft. Reimers also was charged with strangulation.

In early August, the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office charged Stone with second-degree burglary, third-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief after he burglarized the Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro.

Days before robbing the pizza delivery driver, Stone broke into the restaurant through the front door just after 5 a.m. He then stole $375 from the cash register. Stone had previously been employed at the restaurant, and other employees were able to identify him in surveillance footage.

Stone pleaded no contest Wednesday to second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary after reaching a deal with the district attorney’s office. He did not comment at a sentencing hearing.

Reimers is scheduled for an early resolution conference next week. James Lee von Boeckmann, his court-appointed attorney, said Wednesday that Reimers has agreed to the same deal that Stone reached. Reimers likely will plead and be sentenced at the hearing.


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