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Sat Dish Installer Accused of Panty Thefts

March 13, 2004

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) _ A man who installs home satellite dishes for a living is accused of pirating panties from his female customers.

Nicholas Lee Hinkley, 22, was arraigned Wednesday in 60th District Court on a charge of larceny in a building, a felony punishable by a prison sentence of up to four years.

Hinkley is accused of stealing a pair of panties last month from a home in Muskegon County’s Muskegon Township. He pleaded innocent to the charge and posted $5,000 bond at his arraignment.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 23.

Detective Jason Kik of the Ottawa County sheriff’s department told The Muskegon Chronicle that the case began with a drug raid at the Coopersville home where Hinkley was staying.

Officers executing a search warrant discovered a duffel bag containing 78 pairs of women’s panties, sex toys, lotions, 10 homemade videotapes and three bondage magazines. Police said all had been stolen.

Hinkley could not be reached Friday to comment. There is no telephone listing under his name in Coopersville.

A phone message seeking comment was left at the office of his lawyer, Muskegon attorney Jeff West.

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