Archive for Saturday, January 7, 2012

Ex-Dillons employee gets probation

January 7, 2012


A former Dillons employee received a two-year probation sentence on Friday for stealing more than $30,000 from the store, mostly by taking money out of cash registers over a 10-month period.

Michael Everett Smith, 20, rural Lawrence, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft.

He told District Judge Michael Malone on Friday that he was “deeply sorry” for his actions.

Malone ordered Smith to remain on probation until his restitution to the store, 4701 W. Sixth St., was fully paid, even if that takes longer than the two-year period.

Prosecutors alleged Smith stole the money from May 2010 until March 2011.

The exact amount of restitution will be determined soon — attorneys said they still needed to agree how much was still owed to the store. Defense attorney John Frydman said Smith had already repaid some of the money.

The judge said Smith was a clear candidate for probation, given his lack of criminal history.


somebodynew 5 years, 11 months ago

You know Rara_Avis a lot of people would scoff at that statement. But having know a few defense attoneys, I am not one of them. He is not the flashiest or the most expensive, buy he truly believes in what he does and give his client all he can. And he can play some softball.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

Apparently Mr. Smith did not read 'Steal This Book', by Abbie Hoffman.

If he had read it and taken Mr. Hoffman's advice, he would have learned of a very easy way to walk out of a cashier's job with extra money in his pocket every single day without hardly any chance of ever being prosecuted for a crime. But, it does take a bit of skill, but not one that is difficult to learn.

He certainly would not have been able to steal $30,000, but every little bit helps.

Isn't it a good thing for the world that I don't have a criminal mind?

Terry Sexton 5 years, 11 months ago

Who loves ya, ugly!? No, seriously, who loves ya? I can't imagine.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 11 months ago

Peace, bro! Ron can apparently take it better than either of us. Mom sez hi!

sherbert 5 years, 11 months ago

Don't know this boy but glad he was given a second chance.

deec 5 years, 11 months ago

If he'd been a banker, he could have stolen millions and gotten away with it.

LadyJ 5 years, 11 months ago

Have to agree with UNIKU on this one. Over a period of one year is a "criminal history" $30,000 is too much money to just get probation. Maybe some jail time with work release privileges to repay the money.

Ace Cleaning 5 years, 11 months ago

Lets say he worked 20 days a month on average. He would have had to be skiming $150.00 a day. How does that go unchecked for 10 months?

LadyJ 5 years, 11 months ago

$150 a day is a lot of money. You have to wonder what he was doing with it.

Bailey Perkins 5 years, 11 months ago

I agree. If his cash register came up short someone should have caught it. Especially for that amount.

Christine Anderson 5 years, 11 months ago

Disgraceful. I stole a pack of bubble gum when I was three, and my mother's method of dealing with it left a permanent message that I was not going to steal again, ever. No spanking. Instead, she made me explain to a police officer what I had done. It worked.

What goes thru someone's mind that they could choose to steal 30 grand from their employer?

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

so·ci·o·path Noun:
A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 11 months ago

Cut off a finger. Next time convicted of stealing, cut off another finger. The problem will soon solve itself.

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