NEW INFO: Former MEU Commander Found Guilty

A former Camp Lejeune commander, accused of shoplifting, was found guilty Thursday of misdemeanor larceny.

Col. Robert Petit was accused of stealing $65 worth of printer cartridges and gas treatment from a Jacksonville WalMart back in January.

In court Tuesday a store employee showed the judge video of Petit taking the items, discarding the wrappers, and then passing the final point of sale.

The judge sentenced Petit to 96 hours of community service. If that is completed the judge will enter a prayer for judgment continued, meaning the conviction will be held indefinitely.

After his arrest Petit was relieved of command as head of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Lejeune.


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The former Camp Lejeune commander accused of shoplifting will appear in an Onslow County courtroom Tuesday.

Colonel Robert Petit was accused of stealing two printer cartridges and a bottle of STP gas treatment from WalMart in February. Petit's case has been continued several times.

Petit was relieved of command as head of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Lejeune.



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The shoplifting case against a former Camp Lejeune commander is being delayed.

Colonel Robert Petit was accused of stealing two printer cartridges and a bottle of STP gas treatment from WalMart last month. He was scheduled to appear Tuesday morning in district court.

On February 5th the Marine Corps announced Petit was being relieved of command as head of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

His case was continued to March 29th.


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  • by Mike Location: New Bern on Apr 30, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    What a joke for a Commanding Officer. Anybody can shave his head and pretend. Try getting a real job on the outside. You'll find it ain't so easy as you have had it.
  • by Frederick Stewart on Apr 30, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    lead by example, I bet he NJP'D Marines for larceny and he should get what he gave them as a punishment, reduced in rank, two months half pay, and 45 day restriction.
  • by Devil Dog on Apr 29, 2011 at 04:45 AM
    This man needs some leadership.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 04:52 PM
    If the Col. did this on Camp Lejeune it would have never been reported. The Officers have the good ol boy thing going on.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2011 at 08:16 AM in reply to
      That is so so true
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    GUILTY, GULITY, GUILTY. What an OUTSTANDING example you set. Thank you for you LACK of LEADERSHIP.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    when this story first broke, I thought it was a mistake, that no way this guy did this. I thought maybe it was in his cart and was covered up. In other words I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I am just shocked that someone like this man would do something like this. How stupid...really really stupid.
  • by fred Location: martin co on Apr 28, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    They will probably make him a General now,,he can be on Nobabmas staff!
  • by IamAWESOME Location: williamston on Apr 28, 2011 at 02:08 PM
    This dude makes $150k a year and steals $65 worth of stuff. What kind of folks are in charge of the military. Respect? Don't think so. Get use to minimum wage BIG BOY!
  • by Jed on Apr 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    If you think they're acting stupid/crazy today, you should have seen some of them after returning from Vietnam. This is peanuts relative to the things that went on back then. That was when the draft was in effect. Wish women had to register for the draft- discrimination! Then, if females were required to register for the draft, we would truly have more equality for women.
  • by meme on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    I don't understand. I agree that this man is wrong as he is suppose to set an example, however, it seems like everyone in the military does something wrong. Difference is this guy got caught, but it confuses me because everyone wants to place blame on someone when there doing the same thing.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM in reply to meme
      What are you talking about? You steal from Wal-Mart?
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