Urbana attorney charged with retail theft

Urbana attorney charged with retail theft

URBANA — A veteran Urbana attorney has been criminally charged for allegedly stealing food and newspapers from an Urbana grocery store.

Marvin Gerstein, 73, who listed an address in the 800 block of South Grove Street, was arraigned Thursday on a single misdemeanor count of retail theft. Gerstein is accused of taking the merchandise from Schnucks, 200 N. Vine St., on Jan. 16 without paying for it.

The alleged theft was reported to Urbana police the same morning it happened. An officer took a report and gave Gerstein a notice to appear in court for Thursday.

He appeared with his attorney, Mark Lipton of Champaign, before Judge Chase Leonhard. Gerstein pleaded not guilty to the charge and had his case continued to March 14. Leonhard allowed Gerstein to remain free on his own recognizance.

Gerstein has been practicing law for 49 years and continues to work. He has lived in Urbana since 1975.

He declined to speak about the allegation.

If convicted, Gerstein faces a maximum of 364 days in the county jail for the Class A misdemeanor.

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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on January 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm
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I'm a Marvin Gerstein fan. I can't really explain it.



Joe American wrote on January 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm

You can't explain his actions, or you can't explain why you're a fan of his?

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on January 30, 2014 at 11:01 pm
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The latter. I understand his disorientation was a matter of prescription meds.


Those of us with elderly parents know this story well.

Shades wrote on January 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Prosecuting seniors? Stay classy, Schnucks.

Joe American wrote on January 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I've seen some pathetic posts on here, but yours just may take the top honors.

I've got an idea, let's not prosecute shoplifters over 70.  No, wait, 65.  No, 62.  Shades, why don't YOU tell us at which age we should allow shopllifting.

And if you knew Marvin, you'd know he's not a shuffleboarding snow bird, nor is he one to hang his hat in an old folks home.

capt80 wrote on January 30, 2014 at 6:01 pm

You can't possibly be serious?