Lake Elsinore Man Faces Life In Prison Over Petty Theft Charge

MURRIETA (AP) — A Riverside County man facing a potential life sentence for shoplifting has denied he took about $21 worth of merchandise from a Home Depot store.

Scott Hove testified Tuesday that he put some gloves and wire in the waistband of his pants at the Lake Elsinore store in 2009. Hove says he intended to steal the items but changed his mind before he got out the door.

However, a Home Depot worker testified that he stopped Hove outside the door.

The 44-year-old Lake Elsinore man is charged with felony petty theft and faces 25 years to life under California’s three strike law.

The North County Times says he has been to prison seven times and has previous convictions for burglary and selling methamphetamine.

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  1. Tax Payer says:

    This is absurd, our judical system is so out of whack 25 years to life, and a person who kills someone in DUI case gets 3 years. Will cost the tax payers more than the cost of a pair of gloves and wire to house this person in prison.
    somehow the figures just dont add up, and I am a large stockholder in HD.

    1. Dan Thomas says:

      This person is absolutely correct (although I agree that the recidivist should be an inmate on a work furlough program perhaps at some secure facility). The system is ‘out-of-whack’ no-one really wants to put much time, thought and money into resolving the issue of recidivism. Not the issue of crime but the issue of members of society that either don’t want, or have little or no ability, to participate as normal citizens in a civil society. I’m of the opinion that if we literally tasked our PhD’s with the task of establishing a fringe society to warehouse these individuals we might actually be able to graduate some of them to an adapted lifestyle.

  2. Mr Vikings says:

    3 strikes law – once a thief always a thieif – the proof is in the pudding….

    Guilty as charged….

  3. Student says:

    I agree with Tax Payer. No matter how many strikes, this crime does not justify the cost to tax payers this sentence will incur.

  4. Gabriel Hill says:

    He should be executed. He’s been to prison 7x. He’s lucky to still be here. Third strike should mean death.

    1. TheTruth323 says:

      Death Sentence for a petty theft…you da man!!!

    2. LISA says:

      ARE YOU FREAKEN KIDDING ME ????EVIDENTLY YOU’VE GIVEN NO THOUGHT TO YOUR COMMENT…ALL OF THE TIME EFFORT AND RESOURCES SPENT TO CONVICT AND THEN HOUSE HIM FOR LIFE…….. WHEN IT COULD BE USED AND THEN SPENT FOCUSING ON THE CHILD MOLESTERS AND RAPISTS WHO ARE SURLEY STALKING THEIR NEXT VICTIMS AS WE ARE FOCUSING ON A PETTY THEFT…..

  5. duh says:

    I’m just shocked that petty theft is a strikeable offense! No violence, and it’s petty by definition. On the other hand, his rap sheet suggests he doesn’t care, hasn’t learned a thing from previous incarcerations. Yes, it would be a burden to taxpayers to house him forever, but what if this tool ups his game to armed robbery and eventually kills someone? You want him out on the street? I certainly don’t. Tax me.

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