Alleged thief brought back after 12 years on lam

Friday, February 25, 2011

A man who allegedly stole money here almost 12 years ago has been brought back to face charges in court.

Carl Edward Gentile, 54, of Pontiac, Mich. appeared before Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler on Wednesday, charged with two counts of theft over $1,000.

Assistant District Attorney Eddie Barnard asked for Gentile to be held without bond to ensure his continued presence in the county, considering how long it has taken to get him here.

Attorney Thomas Andrew "Drew" Davidson, representing Gentile, told the court not to worry about his client getting out of jail.

"He can't make a $1,000 bond," Davidson said.

According to the 1999 indictment, Gentile was an employee of Burger King in Lewisburg. On June 8, he allegedly took the $2,304.97 that was supposed to be deposited in Burger King's bank account and left town with it.

Circuit Court Clerk Elinor Foster said Gentile was indicted by the grand jury in 1999 after a direct presentment by law enforcement, but never appeared for arraignment. Foster renewed the bench warrant for Gentile every six months, and finally, when he was released from prison in Michigan, Gentile was extradited back to Marshall County, arriving here on Feb. 15.

The incident report at the Marshall County Sheriff's Department states that Gentile's bond was set at $50,000.

A source at the courthouse, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Gentile's son in Michigan had called local lawyers until he found one, Davidson, willing to represent his father at a price they could afford.