Thursday, February 6 two men were arrested on burglary and grand theft charges after detectives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office looked into burglaries taking place at new homes that were under construction. According to their report, when detectives arrived at the each suspect's mobile home, the suspects gave detectives permission to search their residences. In the search, detectives said that they found some granite counter tops, appliances, flooring materials, and molding that had gone missing, and that one suspect had installed the stolen materials into his own place. The old materials that had been replaced were said to be found in the other suspect's mobile home.
The two were Tampa subcontractors working for KB Homes, and police said they believe the two worked late shifts to pilfer items being used on the new homes. They each face several felony charges, including nine counts of burglary of a residence, nine counts of
grand theft, and three counts of criminal mischief. The investigation continues, and further charges may be filed in the case.
When a charge of grand theft involves allegations of taking items worth $100,000 or more, a conviction could mean up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines, the penalties for a first degree felony. A second degree grand theft charge could lead to up to 15 years in prison (plus fines), and a third degree grand theft could mean up to 5 years in prison on top of steep fines. Being accused of stealing items worth more than $300 is enough to alter someone's life. A charge of breaking and entering (burglary) could be just as devastating, not least of all because a conviction would mean carrying a criminal record for life.
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