Irvine Eagle Scout Sentenced in Theft Case
In a story that illustrates that even our most trusted and accomplished citizens are not exempt from committing crimes, an 18-year-old Irvine Eagle Scout arrested last month on suspicion of stealing iPods, cash and cigarettes from vehicles pleaded guilty to sevenmisdemeanor theft counts in court last week and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. Carter Andrew Sudeith will begin serving his time on Monday, July 28th and will serve 3 years probation upon his release.
Sudeith was arrested on June 18th, just hours after his high school graduation, police said. He was dressed in black and had a backpack full of stolen good that he had taken from unlocked cars in the school parking lot. He eventually pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts of petty theft and one misdemeanor count of possession of burglary tools.
Petty theft is a crime a crime in which an individual knowingly steals another person’s property that amounts to no more than $400. Depending on the circumstances of the theft crime, it can either be labeled a petty theft, a grand theft, or a burglary. Other serious theft related crimes include misuse of public funds, counterfeiting, first degree burglary, second degree burglary, embezzlement, bribery, receiving stolen property, and theft of artwork. Although most theft crimes have standard penalties, the jail term and/or fine may be drastically increased depending upon the situation.