NEW INFO: Marine Commander Accused Of Shoplifting

The Marine Corps says a colonel accused of shoplifting is still commanding the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Authorities say Col.Robert Petit, commanding officer of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Lejeune, has been charged with larceny.

Petit was arrested Saturday by Jacksonville police. Police say the colonel is accused of stealing two printer cartridges and STP gas treatment from WalMart.

The 50-year-old has a February 22nd court date in Onslow County.

A Marine Corps spokesman says his arrest is under review, they are cooperating with civilian authorities and they take such allegations very seriously. At the same time, Marines say everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

Petit is the second Marine commander to face charges.

Just last week it was announced that the former commanding officer at Cherry Point was facing military charges after his arrest last October for drunk driving in Newport.

Col Douglas Denn was relieved of his command after word of his arrest became public.


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  • by jim the retired marine Location: Camp Lejeune on Feb 23, 2011 at 08:39 AM
    @anonymous from Gville on my first comment: Anon, what difference does his rank make at this point? Everyone regardless of rank must uphold the UCMJ and especially our leadership since it is they that set the example. If the man was having psychological issues or some other issue such as prescription drug addiction or whatever he should have sought treatment. Like I said everyone is human and has a breaking point and rank does not discriminate in this regard. Does not matter if he is a colonel. Everyone is equal under the law in civilian society and nobody is above it. Our military is here to ensure that we continue to have system of laws in which ALL Americans are treated equally and fairly. It may not be a perfect system but it is the best in the world. I hope for the best for the Colonel but he has resposibities as a leader to the Corps and to his Men above himself.
  • by TOP Location: Bama on Feb 20, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    This guy has probably been stealing for years and this time just happened to get caught. Bust him to private and send him to the brig!
  • by Robert Location: Quantico, VA on Feb 10, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    Hang on a minute! Was anyone there or does anyone KNOW the FACTS of the arrest or read the arrest report? Give this man the benefit of the doubt and let the FACTS of the case play out instead of jumping to conclusions. S/F
  • by LUH-JERN say it right Location: Gulfport, MS on Feb 5, 2011 at 08:11 PM
    This make me very angry. This guy makes minimum $9222.90 a month not including BAH and he has to still ink cartridges. His career just got flushed down the toliet!
  • by Anonymous Location: Gville on Feb 2, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    @Jim The Retired Marine. Jim he is, or was a colonel. What kind of "melt down" drives a man so insane that he steals printer cartridges and oil treatment. On the other hand, these law enforcement agencies had better stop picking on our servicemen, the military might pack up and leave.
  • by Retired Enlisted Marine on Feb 2, 2011 at 03:25 AM
    Why is he not releived yet? Can you imagine the scuttlebutt going on. I'm sure the SNCOs and NCOs have there hands full with a thief for a CO.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 at 02:00 AM
    Another fine example of "The Few The Proud" Makes me laugh....
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    Surely this is just a misunderstanding. This is Onslow County. The Jacksonville Police are not suppose to arrest Colonels for such things. Surely Marine Colonels don't do such things in Jacksonville. The police are poorly trained. They have to be wrong. They messed up somehow. The few and proud cannot have this happening in Onslow County.
  • by Jim the Retired Marine Location: Camp Lejeune on Feb 1, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    J-ville police are not the most spectacular law enforcement agency but they would not have made the arrest if there were any reasonable doubt. There are some issues going on here that are beyond what any of us could anticipate at this point. Maybe he was just trashed out of his mind or was having a melt down. Everyone has their breaking point. And recent years have been bad for everyone. No telling what the guy has been thru. I hope for the best for him. Too bad this happened.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    Way too many people pretending that this is somehow a matter of "honor, courage commitment". This isn't about our traditions. We have plenty of fine Marines doing credit to the services, but let's not ignore the seedier parts of the Corps. Everyone I served with had something stolen from them at some point, every time by another Marine. Stuff gets swept under the rug, and nobody actually does MCIs. Can we stop pretending that Marines don't lie, cheat, or steal? If he did it (big IF) and then got caught, that's amazingly stupid. THAT is why I would want him out of there. I don't care if does something immoral- it's not exactly uncommon in the Corps. What bothers me is the idea of someone reckless and foolish enough to do something like that having lives in their hands. I could care less about the overly-motivated nonsense about how it looks for other Marines and our values. It's about the LIVES. Oh, and to those who served in the 24 MEU, Col P = Colonel "Pistol" Pete Petronzio
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