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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