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.