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How to Deal with a Grand Theft Felony Charge

How to Deal with a Grand Theft Felony Charge

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Why A Woman Was Jailed Twice in One Day

Why A Woman Was Jailed Twice in One Day

Shoplifting is considered a petty crime and the consequences and bail are generally not very serious. One woman however, made headlines for being taken into custody twice in 10 hours for shoplifting and then a burglary later after she posted bail. Theft in Vero Beach According to WPTV News, Kathryn Ann Moody, 19, was charged at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for retail theft at Walmart. She posted $500 and before the day was done, deputies took her into custody again for burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. An accomplice accused in the burglary, 22-year-old Kiley Yandle, was also taken into custody. Staff at Walmart said Moody selected a $90 area rug from a store display and received a refund for it, though she had never paid for it. She also stuffed a… […]

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Why are AC Unit Thefts So Common?

Why are AC Unit Thefts So Common?

The price of copper is at its peak right now, which is causing a large spike in air conditioning thefts and burglary. South Florida is experiencing an immense amount of burglaries where criminals are specifically targeting homes, business, churches, schools, any building with access to an AC unit. Usually, the thieves that steal AC units for their copper are difficult to track down. The homeowner is usually victimized and forced to replace the expensive unit. An interesting case in Arkansas shows how a homeowner caught and tracked down an AC burglary in progress. AC Unit Theft Steven Lynn was sight seeing in the sky with his pilot friend. Suddenly, Lynn saw two men loading up air conditioners and other scrap metal items onto a trailer in front of his house.… […]

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Is Carjacking a Felony?

Is Carjacking a Felony?

Carjacking is a serious crime in the state of Florida. Recent carjacking numbers have increased along with the new “bump and rob” type of robbery. Carjacking is a first degree felony and is defined as the forcible or violent taking of a motor vehicle from the owner with the intent of either permanently or temporarily depriving the owner of the said motor vehicle. While it is serious, it is unfortunately very common in South Florida. Carjacking in Riviera Beach According to an article in WPTV News, a Riviera Beach city police officer said he was forced to shoot at an armed man. Robert Robinson, 19, is accused of fleeing on foot, evading police vehicles, and carjacking. The scene actually started out as a routine traffic stop but ended as an… […]

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How Common are Burglaries and Robberies in South Florida?

How Common are Burglaries and Robberies in South Florida?

In 2009, there were 30,911 reported robberies. That number continues to increase. Out of every state in the country, Florida ranks the 5th highest for the robbery rate as of 2009, according to The Disaster Center. There is generally a new robbery every day locally in West Palm Beach covered in the news. Robbery in St. Lucie County One young man has been captured and charged with robbery of the Fort Pierce city manager’s home, according to Fort Pierce Police and WPTV News Channel 5. He is one of three former high school football players, some of which played at Fort Pierce Westwood High School and the others at Fort Pierce Central High School, according to the article. The former athletes who were arrested Thursday are: Andre Townsend, 18; Cameron Toombs,… […]

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What to Do if You are Caught Carjacking

What to Do if You are Caught Carjacking

Happy 4th of July! Some people have not had such a good weekend so far. According to the Palm Beach Post, two men were carjacked and one was stuffed into the trunk late last night. Police are trying to figure out if this incident is part of the “bump and rob” trend that’s starting to become more commonplace in the West Palm Beach area lately. Grand Theft Auto According to the article, police are investigating an overnight carjacking that began in Palm Beach Gardens and ended in a crash near an ATM in West Palm Beach. Details are scant, but it appears that at 3:30 a.m. two men in a Hyundai Sonata in the area of Northlake Boulevard and Military Trail were approached by three men with guns, reports Palm… […]

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How Serious is Grand Theft of an Elderly Person?

How Serious is Grand Theft of an Elderly Person?

Have you ever wondered what type of felony it is to steal from an elderly person? Because of their age, it is a very sensitive crime and depending on the amount, can be a first, second ,or third degree felony. According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, two women employed by the state have been caught taking advantage of an elderly woman and stealing from her while she was hospitalized for dementia. Grand Theft of an Elderly Person The women were adult protective investigators with the Florida Department of Children and Families. They were assigned to protect 85-year-old Jane Janssen and instead stole about $20,000 from her bank accounts. Palm Beach Police conducted an investigation and arrested the women, Mindi Marie Berry, 33, and her DCF supervisor, Greta… […]

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How Common are Robberies?

How Common are Robberies?

Robberies are so common in our area, there’s at least one robbery per week that makes the news. This week, a couple of people were robbed at gunpoint while trying to change a flat tire, and stuffed in the trunk. Every robbery that makes the news has some new twist that takes the crime from just another robbery, to something else entirely. Robbery of the Week According to WPTV News, two people pulled over to change their car’s flat tire were robbed at gunpoint and stowed in the car trunk early this morning in Palm Beach Gardens, police report. Palm Beach Gardens police continue to investigate the crime that happened about 4:22 a.m., spokeswoman Ellen Lovejoy said. The pair, a man and a woman, whose identities were not available, were… […]

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What is the New Hot Crime in Palm Beach County?

What is the New Hot Crime in Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach Post reported that local law enforcement is seeing an increasing amount of a new crime called the “bump and rob.” This new crime victimizes drivers usually late at night. Police are issuing warnings to Palm Beach County residents saying if you are driving on the road between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and another car bumps you from behind, do not get out of your car. The new crime From Palm Beach Gardens to Delray Beach, drivers are being robbed at gunpoint. The most recent incidents happened early Thursday. Around 3 a.m. in Delray Beach, a dark-colored Jeep brand SUV bumped another car traveling north on Military Trail near Atlantic Avenue. The victim reportedly got out of his car to check whether it was damaged. The… […]

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How Police Officers can be Caught Breaking the Law

How Police Officers can be Caught Breaking the Law

Even police officers need criminal defense lawyers once in a while. When a police officer is arrested and is faced with criminal charges, it can easily be seen in news headlines. Law enforcement officers are supposed to be a symbol of protection and justice for the people. When a law enforcement officer abuses his or her power and it results in a criminal charge, the irony of the situation makes people pay close attention. How Even Officers need Criminal Defense Lawyers A Lantana police officer has been arrested and accused of stealing money from people he pulls over for routine traffic stops. The issue is growing complicated because Lantana police officer Mark Ott has a tendency to pull over Hispanic males, searching them, and stealing money right from their wallets.… […]

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