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Cookie Thief Could Face Up to Life in Prison

September 17, 1995

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ Four uneaten chocolate chip cookies could put Kevin T. Weber behind bars for life.

Weber, 35, was convicted of burglary Thursday for breaking into a Santa Ana restaurant on Mother’s Day and stealing the snacks.

It was his third felony conviction. Under a 1 1/2-year-old California law, that carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

``People better think twice about what they do out there. It ain’t funny and (law-enforcement officials) are serious about getting us,″ Weber told the Orange County Register in a jailhouse interview Friday.

The restaurant’s manager said he was stunned by the potential sentence.

``I think he should pay for what he’s done, probably clean up the freeways or something. But 25 years? I’m surprised. I’m shocked,″ said Mohammad Alkhuder, manager of Eric’s Gazebo.

Prosecutors say Weber slipped into the restaurant through a rooftop vent on May 14 to steal the safe but tripped the burglar alarm and fled with just the cookies. Police arrested him outside. Weber didn’t even get to eat the cookies because they were booked into evidence.

Weber said he was drunk at the time and does not remember the heist.

Weber’s two previous felony charges stem from a 1989 burglary at an apartment where he pulled a gun on a tenant who surprised him. Weber pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in state prison.

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