COURT WATCH: Former Marine Commander Faces Shoplifting Charge

The shoplifting case against a former Camp Lejeune commander has been continued until next month.

Colonel Robert Petit is accused of stealing two printer cartridges and a bottle of STP gas treatment from WalMart in January.

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.

Petit was supposed to appear today on the charges in district court, but that case was continued until April 26th.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2011 at 07:18 PM
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Mar 29, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    PTSD (post traumatic disorder) is frequent in the armed services. Memory loss becomes a terrible problem. He could have been placing things in his pocket and forgetten to pay for them. This charge goes beyond crazy. Would you risk your career for this? Get real ------not guilty by reason of temporary loss of memory.
  • by Me Location: Bayboro on Mar 29, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    Think of all of the so called Hollywood stars that have done this same thing. This man is worth saving. Something is wrong here. The military should help him if it can be done.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    Only guilty people get there case continued. I hope he takes the full brunt of the civilian law and the UCMJ. Col. you are a disgrace to the Corps.
  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Mar 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    People react to PTSD and other stressors in different ways. Not to excuse stealing or other illegal behaviors by our military, each of whom is worth all of my respect for the sacrifices they make, but I hope that folks are getting the mental health treatment they sorely need. Getting into trouble seems to co-occur frequently with military service and it complicates these people's entry into civilian occupations. We need a better system to take care of these heros.
  • by Joe Location: New Bern on Mar 29, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    No... PTSD is not the case here.... STUPIDITY what it's called....
  • by Charles K Location: ENC on Mar 29, 2011 at 04:15 AM
    Could this irrational act be the result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
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      by here on Mar 29, 2011 at 09:40 AM in reply to Charles K
      No. Its the result of a grown man making a bad decision.

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