TROY – A Piqua man convicted of theft for using a city of Piqua fuel card to put gas in his personal truck told a Miami County judge Monday, Oct. 2, his actions were “a huge stupid mistake.”
Steven Zwiebel, 38, was sentenced in Miami County Common Pleas Court to two years of community control and ordered to pay $179 restitution. He was a seasonal worker for the Piqua Water Plant when the thefts occurred in May, Piqua police reports said. Four thefts were found with the total value of the stolen gas listed as the $179.
Zwiebel originally faced four felony theft charges. As part of a plea deal, three of the charges were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea Aug. 21 to one charge.
“It was just a huge stupid mistake on my part,” Zwiebel told Judge Jeannine Pratt. He said he wanted to pay what was owed and move on. He also was ordered to serve 20 hours of community service.
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