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Petty Theft

October 21, 1997
As a psychiatric social worker, I attest to the truth in the study criticizing jail treatment of the mentally ill in L.A. County (Oct. 16). One of our clients was recently held for eight days on a petty theft (shoplifting) charge in the Men's Central Jail. During that time, and despite repeated calls to the mental health department at the jail, the client was never given his medications. When he was released, the meds he had on his person while arrested could not be found. Throughout the ordeal of trying to secure this mentally ill client's release, I found the jail system confused, chaotic and ultimately cruel toward the mentally disabled.
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
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.
April 3, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Prosecutors filed nearly three dozen sexual assault charges Wednesday against a man wanted by police in connection with last week's abduction of a 10-year-old Northridge girl. Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, faces additional charges of kidnapping and first-degree burglary, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. If convicted, he faces multiple life terms in prison. Summers remains at large. Authorities said this week they had broadened their search to San Diego. Also Wednesday, prosecutors charged a secondary suspect in connection with the case.
April 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Joel Rubin and Richard Winton
Authorities have obtained video footage of the primary suspect in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a Northridge girl crossing into Mexico, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Friday. The video shows Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, crossing over a footbridge into Tecate, Mexico, a few days ago, Beck said. It was unclear if he crossed back, the chief said. Summers was charged in his absence Wednesday with 36 counts of sexual assault, as well as kidnapping and first-degree burglary, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.
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.
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