Man pleads guilty to stealing attorney’s car

WOODSTOCK — A local man pleaded guilty on Friday to stealing local defense attorney Brad Pollack’s car in June.

Joseph Brice, 39, took Pollack’s car to a car wash in Front Royal and abandoned the car in Woodstock a few days later, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola explained. There was surveillance video of Brice paying for the car wash, and he was arrested in mid-July. A GPS tracker in Pollack’s vehicle allowed law enforcement to track it down. Campola noted that Pollack was not asking for any jail time, and jokingly remarked that Pollack said the car had been cleaned very well.

Before accepting the plea agreement, Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp asked how Brice got into the vehicle. Campola said that the keys had been left inside.

Brice apologized to Pollack for the inconvenience he caused by taking the car, thanked the attorneys in the case, and congratulated Hupp on his retirement when he was given the chance to speak to the court.

Under terms of the plea agreement, Brice was  sentenced to serve 12 months in jail for the crime — six months for violating his probation by committing a crime and six months of a three-year sentence for the crime. He must also complete two years of supervised probation upon his release.