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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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