WOODSTOCK — A Broadway man will not spend time in jail for taking money from skill machines in Shenandoah County.
Travis Martz, 35, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday in exchange for three years in prison, all suspended, with two years of supervised probation. He must also pay $2,050 in restitution and $968 in court costs as part of his sentence.
He previously pleaded guilty on May 12 in Rockingham County Circuit Court to three felony counts of grand larceny, felony property destruction, felony drug possession and three misdemeanor counts of property destruction for similar incidents in that county.
In exchange for those pleas, Martz was sentenced to 14 years in prison, with all but six months suspended, and ordered to pay $16,953 in restitution.
The incident in Shenandoah County occurred on Feb. 22, 2020, at the truck center at 218 Conicville Blvd., Mount Jackson, Shenandoah County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton stated.
In the playroom of the center, a suspect, later identified as Martz, broke into three of the skill machines using bolt cutters and a crow bar. The suspect took money out of the machines and fled south toward the Burger King, Layton said.
Police searched the area but found nothing, but surveillance video was able to provide a picture of Martz, which was distributed on the internet, Layton said. An investigator was able to identify the suspect as Martz, Layton said.
Warrants were issued, and Martz was arrested in March 2020, according to Layton and online court records. The value of the money stolen was $1,050. The remaining $1,000 of the restitution Martz must pay is for damages from the incident, Layton said.
According to The Daily News-Record, Martz pleaded guilty in Rockingham County Circuit Court to similar incidents in Timberville and Harrisonburg.
Martz told police he had a gambling problem, according to a magistrate’s report, The Daily News-Record reported. He declined to provide comment to The Northern Virginia Daily after his appearance in Shenandoah County court on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Martz agreed to pay $50 a month in Shenandoah County beginning July 9. His attorney Aaron Burgin said Martz has to pay a much more substantial $150 a month restitution in Rockingham County.
Shenandoah County Judge Kevin Black said regarding paying restitution he’s heard some lame excuses, and if Martz ends up with no arms or no legs, “that’s one thing.” But Black said Martz has three years of prison time in Shenandoah County hanging over his head if the restitution isn’t paid.
Martz will remain on probation until all of his restitution and court costs are paid.
Daily-News Record Staff Writer Pete DeLea contributed to this report.