DID "THE DEVIL" MAKE HIM DO IT, OR WAS
ALTERED DRUG DOSE TO BLAME? - "KLEPTO"
COLONEL SAYS CAN'T STOP STEALING FROM
PX - NABBED FOR SECOND TIME IN TWO YEARS
CLAIMS ARMY AT FAULT FOR NOT GIVING HIM
BIGGER DOSE OF ZOLOFT TO "CONTROL"
LIGHT-FINGERED WAYS - LTC RODNEY PAGE
COMPLAINS "THE SYSTEM LET ME DOWN - ARMY
HAS WAY OF EATING ITS OWN - I'M THE ONE
THAT THEY WANT TO GOBBLE UP!"
No, this is not an early April 1st "joke." This story is for real.
An Army light colonel is claiming he keeps stealing from the PX because he's a "kleptomaniac." He's fighting a possible court-martial complaining the Army "let me down."
LTC Rodney Page is lucky he got to stay in the military the first time he stole from a post exchange in Kuwait back in 2008. Then, the 28-year Army veteran was nabbed with a pair of sandals and a flag he'd tried to "boost" from the Camp Ariftan exchange.
ARMY "SHRINK" DIAGNOSES COLONEL AS "KLEMPTOMANIAC"
The 58 year-old career officer was sent to see the shrink, and actually "diagnosed" as a kleptomaniac - someone with an uncontrollable urge to steal small items. Famed actor Steve McQueen was well-known in Hollywood circles for having that disorder, so it is a legitimate beef.
Sure enough, Page's itchy fingers couldn't stay still, and last summer he was taken into custody again after grabbing up $37 worth of "challenge coins" from the Ft. Benning, Ga. PX.
When grilled by the MP's, the troubled officer claimed a change in his drug dosage may have triggered the latest theft incident.
LTC PAGE CLAIMS WEAKER DRUG DOSAGE TO BLAME FOR THEFT
"I was getting 150 mg of Zoloft a day and everything was fine," Page said through his attorney, Scott Sikes. "But then an Army doctor changed my pills to 100 mg without explanation, and as a result, I unfortunately slipped back into my old habits."
The colonel has apologized for his "compulsive" actions and says all he wants now is to save his retirement benefits and get out of the service.
"The system let me down," he whined. "The Army has a way of eating its own, and I'm the one they want to gobble up."
No final decision has been made whether or not to take the odd-ball officer to court-martial. If the Army does, we at MilitaryCorruption.com will have someone planted in the courtroom and we'll report the news back to you - whether the JAG and PAO like it or not.