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Woman gets jail time for Moses House diaper theft
VICTORVILLE • A Victorville woman was sentenced to six months in county jail for stealing diapers from Moses House Ministries with her boyfriend.
Sarah Marler accepted the prosecution’s offer and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor burglary. Based on the plea bargain, Victorville Superior Court Judge Debra Harris immediately sentenced her Monday to three-year probation, which includes the jail term.
The judge also ordered Marler to stay away from the Moses House Family Thrift Store in Victorville, according to court records. Marler is eligible for a work release program.
Marler had been a client at Mouses Houses for five years, and her boyfriend and co-defendant, Brian Patrick Bolik, volunteered at the thrift store.
Bolik pleaded guilty in November to embezzlement by an employee and grand theft. He’s scheduled to return to Victorville court on April 22, where he’ll be sentenced to three-year probation, including one year in jail. Bolik will be eligible to earn half-time credit in jail, Deputy Public Defender Luke Byward said.
Moses House officials said they found out about the theft from another client after Bolik bragged that he was selling diapers for $15 per package on Craigslist. Bolik moved a security camera at the thrift store with a broom handle and smuggled the items out of the store in trash bins in a black plastic bag.
The couple was arrested in October, when Moses House was down to about half a dozen packages of diapers to give out to its clients.
Moses House is designed to help single mothers learn to be better parents through classes and an incentive program that encourages them to be more self-sufficient.
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