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Man found guilty of stealing $5 tool from Wal-Mart

October 31, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Zullinger, Pa., man found guilty by a jury of stealing a $5 tool part from Wal-Mart maintained his innocence Wednesday and was sentenced to two years probation.

Rodney Eugene Reynolds Jr., 23, was charged with retail theft on April 25 after a loss prevention officer at Wal-Mart in Chambersburg said he saw Reynolds put a package of 36 Dremel cut-off wheels in his pocket and leave the store without paying for them, according to court records.

Reynolds said in court Wednesday he refused all deals with the District Attorney's Office and went to trial because he is innocent.

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"I believe if you do the crime, you do the time. I seriously did not steal," he said. "I can not apologize for something I did not do."

The Probation Department recommended Reynolds serve two months in Franklin County Prison because he has a prior record, but Reynolds and defense attorney Stephen Kulla successfully argued he deserved probation.

"He is not admitting he committed the offense. He should not be punished for not saying he did it," Kulla said after Assistant District Attorney Matthew Fogel said Reynolds showed no contrition.

Kulla also said Reynolds' prior troubles occurred nearly four years ago while he was addicted to heroin.

Reynolds said he has been off drugs for six months.

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard Walsh sentenced Reynolds Wednesday to serve 24 months on probation, pay a $150 fine and make restitution to Wal-Mart in the amount of $4.97.

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