Need Help and Advice desperatly!

#1
ok, so here goes, i am based in Germany and my wive, who was going through some pretty bad times, commited a petty theft crime Oct '11 and stole make-up from one of the stores 'Markhauf'. She had a phonecall today from the German Police to say that her case was getting handed over to the RMP's to deal with, as you can imagine she is worried, on her behalf, stupidity aside I am after a bit of advice with regards with what could happen to her.?
I am not in no way condoning what she done, but i would appreciate serious answers and help, as this has been eating her alive for the past 4 months and the guilt has been a bit too much for her, and she has certainly learned her lesson.
So if anyone would be kind enough to try and assist in any way possible with the following them i would greatly appreciate it.
1. what could happen to her- she was obviously caught in Markhauf, GCP's were involved and came to the store to spk with her, she got fined 50euro which she paid there and then. (i know, it would have been cheaper to buy the make-up!!)
she got sent home and told that they would be in touch with a letter from GCP's to confirm what her punnishment will be ie fine/community work.
Like I said, she recieved a phonecall today stating the case was given to the RMP's as it was their Duristiction.
Can she be arrested by them- even though the GCP's let her go?
Will the RMP's inform her workplace of this incident- or have they got a confidentiality act they need to follow?
Will I get dragged in and my career be brought into disrepute?
PLEASE HELP ME. I AM BESIDE MYSELF TRYING TO KEEP HER CALM AND TO STOP FROM FREAKING OUT.

thank you.
 
#4
Warn your hierarchy off if you haven't already, speak to the padre, they have clout and for legal advice there's always army legal aid in Bielefeld and it's free.
 
#5
It's been passed to RMP so that they can jail you for having a thoroughly distasteful wife.

Honestly though, and this is going by law in England/Wales so may be useless, but if she has paid a fine at the store surely the offence has been disposed of?

Failing that, I'd imagine CoC would be the first people I'd have a chat with.
 
#7
Warn your hierarchy off if you haven't already, speak to the padre, they have clout and for legal advice there's always army legal aid in Bielefeld and it's free.
Army legal aid may indeed be free ......................but there's a reason for that.
 

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#8
Hang loose. Stay cool. Admit nothing. Talk to a man nobody likes who doesn't smile much.

Will I get dragged in and my career be brought into disrepute?
Dunno. But your spelling will probably **** your career big style.
 
#9
I haven't served in BFG for almost 20 years, but, if it's a first offence, a one-off and not part of a bigger picture, I'd say you're both over-reacting. That doesn't mean the RMP won't leave you to stew a while in your own juices (which appears to be working).

Make sure your boss knows.
 
#10
It's been passed to RMP so that they can jail you for having a thoroughly distasteful wife.

Honestly though, and this is going by law in England/Wales so may be useless, but if she has paid a fine at the store surely the offence has been disposed of?

Failing that, I'd imagine CoC would be the first people I'd have a chat with.


I think the fine she paid at the store was to compensate them for the goods that she stole as Markhauf are not allowed to put them back on the shelf
 
#12
Relax. From what you say, first offence, fine paid and the polizei don't want to know then unless things have changed over the last 20 years, the RMP will will hand it over to your CO. Wifey will be marched in with you and given an earwigging and, worst case, you'll get a few day's loss of pay.

Oh, and if you can train her up to convincingly burst in to tears in front of the CO, so much the better.:)
 
#13
As someone else has already said, I suggest both of you go to see the Chaplain of your unit.
 
#14
Relax. From what you say, first offence, fine paid and the polizei don't want to know then unless things have changed over the last 20 years, the RMP will will hand it over to your CO. Wifey will be marched in with you and given an earwigging and, worst case, you'll get a few day's loss of pay.

Oh, and if you can train her up to convincingly burst in to tears in front of the CO, so much the better.:)
This one is the one I'd go for as the best advice if I were you.
It won't **** your career. So don't worry.
Also this'd be the worst case scenario so try to stop freaking out and asking for the advice of strangers on the interweb!
 
#16
As someone else has already said, I suggest both of you go to see the Chaplain of your unit.
Good idea, there are probably some candlesticks in the Garrison Church that are worth a few quid.
 
#17
Nit-picker's tip ... you'll score brownie points if you get the name of the chain right: Marktkauf (literally "market buy").

And next time, send her to Karstadt ... much better range of stuff to nick.

All joking apart, they must have some kind of rule in Germany whereby if she's paid a fine they can't do her again.

All joking apart again, PM me if you need any (free) translation help, as Frau Flaggie is a boxhead and I'm a professional translator from German.
 
#18
As your in Canada there must be some sort of welfare setup or welfare officer she can go to, failing that then the Padre. I'm gonna guess she's new in Germany and doesn't know many people, she must have Unit contact details though, so she needs to get in touch with someone from your Unit / SSAFA asap, if only for advice and reassurance. Failing that AFAIK Canada has phones and internet so you sort out contacts for her or get in touch with someone to arrange a home visit. Worst case scenario is she gets an interview under caution with the Monkeys (regardless of how minor this is she ought to ask for legal advice) then the whole thing gets passed to your CO to deal. What he does largely depends on how much he likes you (or not), but cant really see you sharing a 'room' in Colchester anytime soon. I'd be more worried about this 'dark place' that seems to be turning her into a kleptomaniac, that needs sorted!

Edited to add: My bold, as well legal guidance for this type of thing.
 
#19
Oh, and if you can train her up to convincingly burst in to tears in front of the CO, so much the better.:)
If she were a female Soldier that would probably get her promotion :wink:
 
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