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December 31, 1993 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI
UC Irvine basketball players Zuri Williams and Todd Whitehead will remain suspended indefinitely because of a petty theft citation the players received Dec. 13, Assistant Athletic Director Bob Olson said Thursday. The players, who sat out Irvine's 86-78 upset of Iowa Wednesday, were cited at the Robinson's-May store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa for an alleged shoplifting incident. They must appear in municipal court on or before Jan. 20 and face fines if convicted.
November 15, 1985 | JOHN NEEDHAM, Times Staff Writer
The man was 72 years old, had money in his pocket and credit cards in his wallet. Yet, he stole a set of socket wrenches. "He can't say why he did it," recalled Peggy Weatherspoon, manager of senior citizens' services in Orange County's Community Services Agency. "He was humiliated and ashamed and embarrassed and terrified. At age 72, he'd never been in the criminal justice system before."
October 22, 2000
I was greatly distressed by the mention of an elderly gentleman who was imprisoned 41 years ago for stealing $24 ("Images Locked in Time," Oct. 2). I admit that I do not know much about his case, but if this is the only crime that he committed, then certainly he has more than paid for his misdeed. We have young people going in and out of jail on second and third strikes, given chance after chance to redeem themselves, and here is a man who has spent these many years in jail for a petty theft that 30 days should have taken care of. KATHLEEN BUHARP Apple Valley
February 4, 2000 | TRACY WILSON
A former Ventura police officer convicted of shoplifting $25 worth of dog vitamins at a pet store was sentenced Thursday to three years' probation. David Matz, 58, pleaded no contest in Ventura County Superior Court on Jan. 6 to charges of petty theft and witness intimidation. Police say Matz walked into a Petco store in the 4000 block of East Main Street in August and took a $25 jar of dog vitamins from a shelf.
April 17, 2009 | Tony Barboza
A jury convicted former Orange school board trustee Steve Rocco of petty theft Thursday for stealing a 14-ounce bottle of Heinz ketchup last September from a dining area at Chapman University. Rocco, an eccentric 58-year-old Santa Ana recluse known for wearing dark glasses and espousing shadowy theories about a powerful cabal he calls the Partnership, won a seat on the school board in 2004. He spent his term largely refusing to speak with colleagues, and survived a recall attempt.
September 18, 2008 | Christine Hanley
A man and a woman have been charged with trying to steal clothes and electronics from a Target store, and the man also faces a sexual battery charge, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jeremy Dean Stone, 21, of Buena Park and Tanya Rose Ekberg Oelke, 19, of Fountain Valley are each charged with one misdemeanor count of second-degree commercial burglary and one misdemeanor count of petty theft. Orange County prosecutors said Stone and Oelke went to the Target store in Cypress, where Oelke allegedly used a razor blade to cut the packaging of two MP3 players to steal the contents Monday night while Stone acted as a lookout.
July 10, 1987 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
Angered by the filing of a felony charge against a man accused of stealing a $1.49 package of bologna, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner on Thursday ordered a reduction of the charge to a misdemeanor and set an office policy of not filing felony charges against people accused of stealing small amounts of food. Reiner told Deputy Dist. Atty. Steven D.
July 8, 1987 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
A 38-year-old transient with a history of petty thefts faces up to three years in state prison for stealing a $1.49 package of bologna and says he feels that prosecutors want to make an example of him. If Leonard James Hazlett was a first offender, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Steven D. Ogden, "this matter would have been dust. But it's extremely apparent that he has existed by stealing and is a career criminal." Items taken by Hazlett range from a case of cigarettes to a pair of pants. Deputy Dist.
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