Convicted Kohl’s Thieves Argue For Lesser Charge Because Items Were On Sale

Two men convicted of felony theft for stealing more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from a Kohl’s store in Parker, Colo., argued in court for a lesser charge because the items they stole were on sale and they had coupons. Michael Green and Byron Bolden were formally sentenced after being convicted of retail theft. Dubbed the “KitchenAid Mixer Crew” because of the high-end KitchenAid appliances that were stolen, the pair argued that theft of under $2,000 is a misdemeanor offense, and while the items they stole cost $2,094.98, making it a felony, the items were on sale and they had a coupon. District Attorney John Keller challenged the men's thinking by saying that sales and discounts are for paying customers. “Just because an item is ‘on sale’ doesn’t mean it’s free to steal,” said Keller. Green was sentenced to 15 months in prison, and Bolden was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for time served as a condition of 18 months of probation.