Skip to comments.Marine Colonel Convicted Of Shoplifting At WalMart, Loses Command!
Posted on 05/08/2011 9:20:48 PM PDT by Tea Party Reveler
A COLONEL'S CAREER LOST FOR $65 - WHY DID ROBERT PETIT SELF-DESTRUCT? - MARINE COMMANDER OF 24TH EXPEDITIONARY UNIT AT CAMP LEJEUNE FOUND GUILTY OF SHOP- LIFTING AT LOCAL WAL-MART - CAUGHT HIDING PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES AND STP OIL TREATMENT BOTTLE UNDER JACKET - GETS 96 HOURS OF "COMMUNITY SERVICE" FROM SYMPATHETIC JUDGE - RELIEVED OF COMMAND BY MARINE CORPS - ENLISTED AS GRUNT BACK IN 1978 - KLEPTOMANIAC? - TIME TO RETIRE
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This is a sad story all around. One of those that cause you to scratch your head and wonder WHY? Why would a respected bird colonel in the United States Marine Corps self-destruct by shop-lifting $65 worth of items from a local Wal-Mart? Is the man a closet kleptomaniac? Is this the first time he has done this, or just the first time he was caught?
What we do have for facts are these: Col. Robert Gerald Petit, former commanding officer of the USMC 24th Expeditionary Unit at Camp Lejeune was caught on security cameras heisting two HP printer cartridges and a bottle of STP treatment and hiding the merchandise under his jacket.
Loss prevention personnel stopped the colonel at the store vestibule and took him back to the office where he acknowledged he had not paid for the items. The police were called and at that point, Petit's military career was over.
CAMERAS DON'T LIE - COLONEL CAUGHT ON FILM
Video from the store security cameras clearly show the colonel attempted to hide the purloined material and deposited wrappers in different places in the store in an apparent effort to conceal the theft.
At his court appearance, Petit's civilian attorney tried to get the case thrown out, but backed off when confronted by video proof the colonel had tried to steal the goods. Judge Louis Foy in Jacksonville, N.C. showed Petit mercy when he sentenced him to 96 hours of "community service." No fine. That's it. Such a lenient sentence might stick in the craw of some staff sergeant or gunny caught in the same circumstances. They wouldn't have gotten the same deal.
Petit appeared before the judge in his Class "A" service uniform. The judge was suitably impressed. "This man has lived an exemplary life," Foy said. "He has performed outstanding duty for his country."
The colonel, who let his lawyer talk for him, had no comment.
HOPES FOR A GENERAL'S STAR NOW GONE
The New Orleans native enlisted in the Corps back in 1978 and earned his officer's commission seven years later. Sources at Lejeune say Petit was in line for a brigadier general's star before this incident. Now, he will be lucky to retire in the grade of colonel.
He was relieved of command in February. Capt. Timothy Patrick, a spokesperson for the II Marine Expeditionary Force, said Petit received "non-judicial punishment." Since the actions taken "were administrative in nature," no further information will be released, he said.
The 50 year-old Marine officer's military career may have ended after 33 years, but he is lucky not to have paid a fine or even done a few days in jail.
Remember Brig Gen. Janice Kaprinski, the commander of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq? She got caught shoplifting at the BX at McDill AFB in Tampa and Bush demoted her!
I thought she got demoted for something else, ie prison care. Not stealing from some BX.
KARPINSKI WAS A SHOPLIFTER
GENERAL BUSTED TO COLONEL
BY BUSH IN WAKE OF ABU GHRAIB
SCANDAL REVEALED TO HAVE BEEN
HIDING PAST ARREST WE REPORTED
BRASS HATS ALLEGED PRESENCE
DURING TORTURE SESSIONS AT IRAQI
PRISON MONTHS AGO REVELATIONS
MAY HAVE LED TO RANK REDUCTION
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We are not taking credit for ex-Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinskis well-deserved reduction in rank to colonel by President George Bush. But our revelations months ago on this web site, that the former military police commander is alleged to have been present during torture sessions at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison casting doubt on the veracity of her many television appearances purporting ignorance of what had gone on there seems to have been enough to force the powers that be at the Pentagon and the President himself to take such drastic action.
The public humiliation of Karpinski is all the more striking because it reveals she was promoted to flag rank without a proper investigation of her background. A case of political correctness? Perhaps. Not reporting an arrest for allegedly shoplifting a small item at the base exchange at a Florida air force installation is enough grounds for her security clearance to be pulled. Thus, she never would have reached flag rank in the first place. Consequently, Karpinski wouldnt have been in a position to be in charge of the Iraqi prison system at the time of the Abu Ghraib abuses.
MilitaryCorruption.com reported earlier this year that Irish human rights attorney Michael Hourigan is representing Saddam Sam Saleh Aboud, who claims the female general was present during one of his torture sessions.
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In a devastating deposition, made on video and under oath, Sam said Karpinski was there during beatings he endured at the American-run lockup.
During one of the assaults, he said, his hood came off and he saw a female officer standing there.
The Iraqi, who was naked, said the woman was watching and laughing as he was being roughed up.
He knew she was a supervisor because she had a star on her hat and she was in an American uniform, Hourigan said. Sam told me the other soldiers would defer to her. The attorney said his client identified Karpinski after he was shown a picture of the general in an American news magazine.
SHOPLIFTING ARREST REVEALED
Probably the chastened former general will continue to protest shes a scapegoat for others in the prison scandal. Now she acknowledges the shoplifting (Pentagons term for it) arrest, but says she wasnt guilty of anything because it only appeared on a surveillance photo that she placed a BX item in her purse. Karpinski says she already owned the cosmetic in question.
Lets say, for arguments sake, she is right. Why then did she not report as serious a matter as an arrest for shoplifting? As a longtime military police officer she had to know the rules and regulations on that.
We can only conclude she realized that would finish off her chances to make general. Now the obvious question comes. If she reached flag rank by deception, should she give back the difference in pay from one-star general to bird colonel the last rank she supposedly served in satisfactorily?
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There is no question that women have been unfairly discriminated against in promotions and other opportunities in the armed forces over the years.
MilitaryCorruption.com is on record as supporting equal opportunity for the many fine female enlisted members and officers who serve our country around the world.
A large majority of them deserve our respect and support. That is why it is so troubling when something like the Karpinski case comes up.
Here, in our editorial opinion, is a case of a woman who was promoted based on gender and her own apparent failure to report an incident which would have most certainly impacted her ascension to the rank of general officer.
Those who still seek to hold women back and continue the good old boy system, will get comfort from the Karpinski fiasco.
It is other females in uniform that Karpinski has let down. It makes it all the harder for them to achieve the highest ranks in the military and break through the glass ceiling when critics can point to someone who clearly did not deserve to be a general, like the whining former MP boss.
There will probably always be a small segment of the population who will think Karpinskis merely a victim here. But it is significant no groundswell of support for the challenged brass hat has formed, even among the most fierce feminists. They know already this case is a lost cause.
The punishment of a loss of a career is enough a punishment. I could be wrong, but I don’t think that a sargeant would have lost their career over this crime. They might have lost a rank or done many hours of kp or something, so it would have been more reasonable for a harsher punishment to be visited on an enlisted rank.
However, I will never understand the psyche of somebody of such standing to do something so stupid.
Something is EXTREMELY odd here?
An ink cartridge and STP Oil? What???
I don’t know what it is, but there is something much deeper here. I’ don’t know, but it does not add up.
Me either. Why would he through away his entire career over some printer cartridges and a bottle of STP? As a guy I used to know once said “If you are going to steal, make it at least a million bucks. You’ll spend the same amount of time in jail whether it $50.00 or a million dollars.”
I disagree. It’s hard for soldiers to respect a petty thief.
If you are going to steal, make it at least a million bucks. Youll spend the same amount of time in jail whether it $50.00 or a million dollars.
Plus they’ll respect you in jail. Small time thieves are just pathetic :)
Maybe he thought he can get away with it, plus it’s hard to steal much more at Walmart unless you go for the safe.
Very sad. I can’t count how many officers I’ve seen self-destruct over stupid stuff...like having an “extra beer” before they drive home.
People who do this compulsively are the ones who steal trivial items like a bottle of STP. When I was in high school I worked part time for a stereo store. We caught a shop lifter once who had stolen a few blank tapes. He had two hundred dollars and four credit cards in his wallet, but he went to jail for stealing items worth less than twenty dollars.
What if that petty thief is a petty officer?
Mental breakdown of some kind, maybe drug-induced. If there’s not a psych/medical eval on top of this, someone isn’t doing their job.
Democrat Colonels should be watched closely..
When I was at NTC San Diego around 1985, one of the base protestant chaplains, an LCDR, who often contributed columns to the base newspaper was busted for shoplifting a pair of shoes from the base exchange.
Southern Baptist type, IIRC. He was supposed to show up at PAO that afternoon for some reason, but called instead to tell me he’d been arrested. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
“Ah’m sorry, Petty offica... Ah won’t be abul t’come bah yo office t’day...”
I don’t think I saw him again after that. I imagine he was out of the Navy pretty quickly.
This is just starting.
high heels or blades?
33 years flushed down the toilet.
Three tours of duty maybe, and not a lifer pencil pusher in a state side camp?
There may be much more to this story or maybe there isn’t, but I give military LOTS of slack for mental disposition before I pick nits.
Who is behind militarycorruption.com anyway?
Senior NCOs are a different story (as it should be). An E-7's chances of promotion would be over. If an E-8 or E-9 were this stupid, their commander would "recommend" they retire.
He actually got some out after discharge.
Sweet items of high quality. Have one around here somewhere, though it has not been seen for a decade or so because it is a hazard.
Spring so tight it would pop into your liver with a button push. Rosewood scales and brass bolsters... 5 inch blade. An overall dangerous thing if you do not know what happens when you hit the button.
I got a scar or two from it.
What's a BX?
What's a BX?
‘HOPES FOR A GENERAL’S STAR NOW GONE’
I agree with you on the med/psych evaluation. A few years ago there was a very well-respected County Attorney near here who had his name dragged through the mud in the newspapers. He had rather suddenly begun acting in a bizarre manner, yelling at staff...his office and cases were in disarray. I believe he was either fired or suspended. There were rumors of substance abuse, etc.
A few months after the front-page news articles smearing him first appeared, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Back in 1991, I remember the Frankfurt MP commander, also a Colonel, having been caught shoplifting a leather jacket from the PX.
I think maybe the pressures of command trigger something in some people, because I can’t fathom why anybody would take such risks for something so trivial.
Colonel Petit gets busted for petit larceny. Weird.
Back at Ramstein Air Base in the early 1990s....we had a Lt Col who was caught shoplifting a $500 electronic address book system. This was the newest fad that had occurred and one of my co-workers watched as they grabbed the guy outside of the BX. My honest guess is that it happens more often than folks would like to admit.
We had a neighbor, Navy Commander, who was busted for adding cinder blocks to his furniture so he would get paid more for his cross-country move.
Military officers are and should be held to a higher standard. I just wish those same standards were applied to politicians.
MCC was started by Brigadier General Peter Genovese and is currently run by retired Army Major Glen MacDonald out of Phoenix.
The Pentagon’s office of the Secretary of Defense hits it every morning promptly at 0900 hours. Apparently, a staffer has the duty of checking it every morning to make sure “nothing is bubbling up out there”.
The worst scandal we’ve seen is the Air Force Major Jill Metzger Scandal and of course, Major Hasan.
A retired O-6 with 33 years shouldn’t be hurting for fishing equipment and beer ...unless he has significant civil support obligations.
Depends on what grade they let him retire. O-6 or O-1 or any pension at all.
Really, really sad.
You would be wrong. Things like shoplifting, writing bad checks, and DUI have been "career stoppers" for NCO's for quite some time now, since I was an Army NCO (& I got out in 1987...)
Something is sickening about this thread, but not sure what. Maybe it’s the sensationalism and allcaps. Don’t know. That a man threw away a career over nothing is bad enough, but it’s something else that’s bothering me here. Why is the blogger treating it like he committed mass murder?
Maybe you caught the same whiff I did.
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Im the guy who told you that the USS Cole was the second Al-Qaeda attack on US troops in Aden Yemen back in 2000. I risked my career to tell you freepers that back in 2000. It shouldnt have happened and I reaped Gen. Zinnis stars for it, didnt I?
I find this mildly strange, TeaPartyReveler. Are you writing about yourself in your profile?
In addition, looking at the site, it seems to actually solicit juicy scandals. Jeff Rense loves it. And the owner seems to have some kind of link to 9/11 troofers, sort of.
Gazillion questions, teaparty. Maybe you can answer them.
That’s a great question!——”why are your writing about yourself in your profile?”. Perhaps an idiotic question.
Don’t worry about MCC-—they get lots of hits at the website. Worldwide too! Even the Chinese military reads the site! The US Sec of Defense hits the site every morning prompt at 0800 EST.
So in what context exactly were you lecturing “you freepers” back there in 2000, newbie?
Oh, and I thought you said 9?
No biggie. Leap forward, fall back :)).
Sorry I didn’t explain what happened. It was Bin Ladin’s first attack on Dec 29th 1992 in ADEN YEMEN. They attacked 2 hotels but none of our guys got hurt. That’s the moment that Bin raghead came onto the USA’s radar screen. When the USS Cole sailed into Aden, Cmdr. Lippold hadn’t been warned and they weren’t ready for what happened. I called Congress and notified the News Media.