BIRD COLONEL BUSTED FOR SHOP-LIFTING
ROBERT PETIT "RELIEVED" AS COMMANDER OF
24TH MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT AT LEJEUNE
ACCUSED OF STEALING PRINTER INK AND STP
AUTO-ENGINE TREATMENT FROM WAL-MART
VALUE OF ITEMS $65 - COULD LOSE CAREER
AND PENSION - ENLISTED IN 1978 - MULTI-TOUR
VETERAN OF FIGHTING IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
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The Marines mean business. Most of the time, they don't sweep scandal under the rug when it involves high-ranking officers - an exception being the murder of Col. Jim Sabow. At Carlisle Barracks, the Army MP's caught a general's wife DUI on post a while back and let her go with instructions to "drive right home." But, then, that's the Army.
For Col. Robert E. Petit, just-relieved commander of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp LeJeune, things must look bleak after he was arrested last week at a local Wal-Mart for allegedly shop-lifting items worth less than $70. All of a sudden, a Marine career that began as an enlisted man in 1978, seems over.
If he did it, why? Jacksonville, N.C. cops say the supposed stolen items included some printer ink cartridges and a tube of STP auto-engine treatment. Petit isn't talking, on advice of legal counsel, and will appear in Onslow County Court Feb. 22 to face charges.
A native of New Orleans, Petit was most recently branch head of current operations in Plans and Operations at Headquarters Marine Corps. He took over command of the 24th last September.
NOT THE ONLY MARINE BIRD COLONEL IN TROUBLE
Petit is the second Marine full bull colonel to be relieved of command this year.
Col. Douglas Denn, former commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, was arrested last October for DUI. Cops caught the veteran officer speeding, with an open alcohol container in his vehicle. A sobriety test showed he was was over the legal limit.
When the media got hold of the news, the brass moved quickly to fire Denn, who now is awaiting his fate, as is a much-chagrined Col. Petit, undoubtedly asking himself the same question we are: WHY?