Man sentenced for stealing gas

Man sentenced for stealing gas

There are 24 comments on the Evening Sun story from Apr 17, 2008, titled Man sentenced for stealing gas. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

A South Mountain man accused of trying to steal gasoline from a machinery dealer will spend most of his three-year sentence on probation.

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Unbelievable

United States

#1 Apr 17, 2008
Ok people...tell me there is NOTHING wrong with the Justice system now. There is a guy who was convicted of molesting a 4 yr old girl who received a sentence "very comparable" to this one........and all this guy did was steal some gas. I mean, I know the cost of gas is high but this goes to show the system needs a MAJOR overhaul....beginning with judges voluntarily or FORCIBLY stepping down. Absolutely rediculous but yet they act dumbfounded when these types of crimes happen......DAILY!!
Billy

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Apr 18, 2008
A crime is a crime... I say hang this guy for stealing gas !!

If you owned the gas you would have a different tune!
Boy

Moorestown, NJ

#3 Apr 18, 2008
I agree with "Unbelievable"..youn g kid steals some gas and is going to be punished for 3 years? I think a big fine and some community service would suffice. People get DUIs and sell drugs and get less severe punishment. This is nuts!
John M

United States

#4 Apr 18, 2008
Oh yes, people who get caught with illegal drugs are always let off easy for some reason, even though law enforcement in Gettysburg are always using their resources to bust these people.

It always bugs me also when someone is let off with a very light punishment if they tried to kill their wife or some other family member. Usually there's a bail set for that person and for some odd reason a family member or friend bails them out, so they get no punishment at all except maybe a few days of community service.
Mike Baker

United States

#5 Apr 18, 2008
What is this guy trying to do, be an oil company executive.

Seriously,a sad state of affairs is that our prisons are full of 2nd and 3rd offenders serving long sentences and unless we build more prisons we are out of room. I agree, if first offense,community service.

Mike Baker
Punishment

United States

#6 Apr 18, 2008
Mike Baker wrote:
What is this guy trying to do, be an oil company executive.
Seriously,a sad state of affairs is that our prisons are full of 2nd and 3rd offenders serving long sentences and unless we build more prisons we are out of room. I agree, if first offense,community service.
Mike Baker
Maybe the community service should be doing mainteance work for Hanover School District, they let everything get run down.
rizzo

Hanover, PA

#7 Apr 18, 2008
Boy wrote:
I agree with "Unbelievable"..youn g kid steals some gas and is going to be punished for 3 years? I think a big fine and some community service would suffice. People get DUIs and sell drugs and get less severe punishment. This is nuts!
i agree,this is stupid.
Unbelievable

United States

#8 Apr 18, 2008
Ok Billy.....I'm with ya...let's hang the guy. BUT......before we do, lets gather up all the scum who have committed more serious offenses and hang them too. I was simply saying....don't hand down the same sentence for stealing gas as you do for child molesting. In case you can't tell...there is a BIG difference there, UNLESS you value gasoline more than the welfare of children......and if so, well, you don't want to hear what I have to say about that...
Billy wrote:
A crime is a crime... I say hang this guy for stealing gas !!
If you owned the gas you would have a different tune!
Unbelievable

United States

#9 Apr 18, 2008
This is truly talk of someone who hasn't got a clue. First offense, community service? That is totally absurd. If convicts are released from jail and are "repeat offenders" as you yourself admit, what in the world makes you think community service for first time offenders will prevent them from being repeat offenders?? That simply opens the door for them to commit a more serious crime. Are u a politician ? With that type of comment / opinion..........you must be. Maybe after the 3rd "offense repeat".........they get the death penalty. Strike three your out kinda thing. After all...if jail isn't teaching them to stay out of trouble.........of what value are they to the common man? That will make the room we need for "first time offenders" you wish to allow walk the streets. Tougher penalties, tougher conditions in jail and tougher sentences for repeat offenders will decrease crime and anyone who says differently ..........has a relative in the system.
Mike Baker wrote:
What is this guy trying to do, be an oil company executive.
Seriously,a sad state of affairs is that our prisons are full of 2nd and 3rd offenders serving long sentences and unless we build more prisons we are out of room. I agree, if first offense,community service.
Mike Baker
JD Rocker

Harrisburg, PA

#10 Apr 18, 2008
Cut two of his freakin' fingers off. But after you castrate the child molesters. And hang the murderers and drug dealers. Severe punishment DOES deter crime. Ever check out how Japan does things?
John M

Chambersburg, PA

#11 Apr 19, 2008
JD Rocker wrote:
Cut two of his freakin' fingers off. But after you castrate the child molesters. And hang the murderers and drug dealers. Severe punishment DOES deter crime. Ever check out how Japan does things?
Haha, I love that. "cut two of his freakin fingers off." Although I think there are a lot of other people who deserve that fate much more.
MOM

Chambersburg, PA

#12 Apr 22, 2008
LOL
Mike Baker

United States

#13 Apr 23, 2008
Unbelievable:
No, I don't have any relative that has been in jail/the system.No, I'm not a politician.Fact is, I'm a former Baltimore City policeman who has witnessed much more serious crime than a drive off. For a non- violent, victimless crime, community service and restitution is better than confining someone with harden crimminals. Maybe when I have your vast " street experience" I'll have a clue.
blessings,
Mike Baker
Karena

Marshall, MI

#14 Jun 26, 2009
My husband was just arrested about 1:30 am this morning for stealing gas from someone elses vehicle. The one and only reason he done it was because we are both jobless & can't find any work & haven't been able to in months, we are being evicted & I had a dr. apointment for my complicated pregnancy that I had to make. Well, needless to say he just got the hose in the tank-no gas was pumped out yet-and the cops pulled up and arrested him within like a 2 min. frame. How can he be found guilty if he hadn't even gotten a drop out of the other person's tank yet? He goes for araignment today to see what is going to happen, but we live in the state of MI and I am unfamiliar with the larceny law here in MI. Can anyone help me? Thanks.
Karena

Marshall, MI

#15 Jun 26, 2009
I just don't think my husband deserves the same kind of punishment that someone who committed a more severe crime, like molestation of a child, should get. The crime my husband committed was a petty theft of nothing, so why should he have to suffer the same way that a child molester should have to suffer-they need to be casterated, not just get a slap on the hand to beable to do it again!

Since: Jul 09

Columbus, Ohio

#16 Jul 3, 2009
Don't do the crime...if you can't do the time.
Dustin

Canton, GA

#17 Jun 5, 2013
rizzo wrote:
<quoted text>i agree,this is stupid.
Yeah it is a stupid law! But on the other side and I am talking about my own son He is a gas thief He is 26 don't want to get a job sleeps all day and runs around all night, he stays in trouble for stealing had to get him out of jail 5 times for stealing everything from breaking in to a school just to take a basket ball( heck he hated going to school when he was a kid skipped his last 2 years and dropped out) He has pawened my tools guns even my lawn mower when I was out of town. Booted him out of my house 3 times and he broke back in! the law here in Oklahoma if someone has belongings in your house no matter who they are or how they got there and uses your address you cant get them out unless you go to court! That takes a year to have it done. Now that is a stupid law. Now last year I put some Castroloil in my gas on my truck he got real sick almost crapped his self to death. I found out that that too is Illegal to do that So what do you do?
DMW

Emmaus, PA

#18 Jun 6, 2013
Dustin wrote:
<quoted text> Yeah it is a stupid law! But on the other side and I am talking about my own son He is a gas thief He is 26 don't want to get a job sleeps all day and runs around all night, he stays in trouble for stealing had to get him out of jail 5 times for stealing everything from breaking in to a school just to take a basket ball( heck he hated going to school when he was a kid skipped his last 2 years and dropped out) He has pawened my tools guns even my lawn mower when I was out of town. Booted him out of my house 3 times and he broke back in! the law here in Oklahoma if someone has belongings in your house no matter who they are or how they got there and uses your address you cant get them out unless you go to court! That takes a year to have it done. Now that is a stupid law. Now last year I put some Castroloil in my gas on my truck he got real sick almost crapped his self to death. I found out that that too is Illegal to do that So what do you do?
These things don't happen in Gettysburg. We are a pure and rightous town. WE ARE HISTORY
Gburg 1998

Chalfont, PA

#19 Jun 6, 2013
Gettysburg has gotten much worse crime wise since I went to college there.
Gardenia

Emmaus, PA

#20 Jun 6, 2013
Karena wrote:
I just don't think my husband deserves the same kind of punishment that someone who committed a more severe crime, like molestation of a child, should get. The crime my husband committed was a petty theft of nothing, so why should he have to suffer the same way that a child molester should have to suffer-they need to be casterated, not just get a slap on the hand to beable to do it again!
your husband should be thrown in a jail in some third world country wearing nothing but arseless underwear and Vasaline.

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