Consult with a local VA criminal attorney immediately - you do not want to have a theft conviction on your record for schooling & future employment. Since this is your first offense the attorney will be able to greatly assist you - Do not post any additional facts on this or other public website. Do yourself a favor, get professional assistance. Many attorney permit a free consultation - call one ASAP
This is not intended to be legal advise or as legal representation. I am a California personal injury attorney . Be aware that every state has its own statute of limitations; and statutes & case laws that govern the handling of these matters.
Please contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. If convicted this will be an impediment to employment opportunities. Also, a conviction cannot be removed from your record. I practice in all local courts and would be happy to set up a consultation. My office number is 757-410-5042.