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Petty Theft

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
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.
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 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A 10-year-old girl was kidnapped from her Northridge bedroom at knife point by a burglar who then repeatedly sexually assaulted her during a 12-hour ordeal, according to charges prosecutors filed Wednesday. Fugitive Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, who was charged in his absence, faces 36 sexual assault charges as well as kidnapping and first-degree burglary charges, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. If convicted, he faces multiple life terms in prison. The felony complaint for the first time details a violent 12 hours for the girl, who vanished from her unlocked Northridge home in the middle of the night March 27. The 10-year-old was discovered missing at 3:40 a.m. by her mother after she heard a sound and went to investigate.
June 7, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
A veteran Los Angeles County Probation Department officer assigned to aid in the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders has been placed on unpaid leave after being arrested on suspicion that she contributed to the delinquency of her own children. Ruth Marzan, an officer with more than two decades with the department, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 25 at a Kmart in Temple City after security personnel alleged that they saw her shoplift items and coach her two teenage children to do the same.
May 8, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Robert Kardashian Jr. pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor battery and petty theft for allegedly hitting a photographer in Beverly Hills and removing a digital media card from her camera. Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Kardashian on Friday in the misdemeanor complaint. Kardashian, who was with his attorney Robert Shapiro, appeared in the Beverly Hills courtroom of L.A. County Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel . Over prosecutors' objections, Revel allowed Kardashion to remain free on his own recognizance.
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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