Twin Lake man faces jail time for cigarette theft

October 12, 2015

Richard Wiegand with his attorney, Timothy Hayes.

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — A 27-year-old Twin Lake man faces up to one year in jail after pleading guilty to first-degree retail fraud in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Oct. 12, and testifying that he stole approximately 10 cartons of cigarettes from Jack’s Quick Stop in Hesperia.

Richard Lee Wiegand, of 362 Louisa Rd., told Judge Anthony A. Monton that he grabbed “nine or 10” cigarette cartons and then walked out of the store, May 22.

In exchange for his guilty plea to first-degree retail fraud, one count of third-offense habitual offender was dismissed. His jail time will be capped at 12 months as part of the plea agreement.

The cigarettes were valued at $600, Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon said.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 23 at 9 a.m.