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Petty Theft

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.
April 2, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man described as a secondary suspect in last week's kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl has been arrested, Los Angeles police said Monday. Daniel Martinez, 29, of West Hills was taken into custody in Northridge early Sunday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping. He was being held in lieu of $1-million bail. Even as the arrest was announced, LAPD Robbery-Homicide investigators continued to search for the prime suspect, identified over the weekend as Tobias Dustin Summers.
August 22, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man who allegedly broke into actor-rapper LL Cool J's home suffered a broken nose and jaw at the action star's hands Wednesday morning after what police sources described as a "knock-down, drag-out" fight. LL Cool J, who rose to fame with the aptly named hit song "Mama Said Knock You Out" and portrays a special agent on the CBS drama "NCIS Los Angeles," proved life imitates art and nabbed the burglar inside his expansive Studio City house. When Los Angeles police arrived at the Blairwood Drive home around 1 a.m. Wednesday, LL Cool J had detained the battered and bruised suspect.
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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