Two men and a woman were arrested last week for the burglaries of storage units, allegedly having broken into more than 180 storage units this year. The three were apprehended based off of surveillance video footage as well through a tip. According to police reports, the suspects forced storage units open with a screwdriver, rifled through the units, then left with a few objects from each unit.
The charges leveled against the suspects include: burglary of an unoccupied structure, attempted grand theft auto, grand theft, dealing in stolen property, petit theft, and more. Any one of these charges is a serious matter. A conviction on a count petit theft alone could lead to a year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines. Petit theft is a misdemeanor offense which involves the stealing of property valued at $300 or less.
Grand theft, on the other hand, is a felony charge that means theft of property worth more than $300. It can also include the theft of certain law enforcement and emergency medical equipment as well as a weapon, motor vehicle, etc. Even a charge of grand theft in the third degree could mean up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Grand theft of the first degree could entail up to $10,000 in fines and up to 30 years in prison. Then
burglary charges (also known as a charge of "breaking and entering") can be punished as a felony as well.
Any criminal charge is a serious matter. Whether you face charges of petit theft or of burglary, you need to act decisively in order to find the defense that you need to safeguard your freedom. This is not a time to be with novice or apathetic legal counsel. At our firm, you could be represented by experienced Tampa criminal defense attorneys who are dedicated to fighting for every client's legal rights. Find the resounding defense you deserve at Thomas & Paulk, P.A.
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