Those who are convicted of theft in Florida can face a range of penalties. The exact penalties will depend on the severity of the crime and other factors relevant to the case. Generally speaking, if the stolen property's value is less than $1,000, a defendant will face a misdemeanor charge. However, this could be upgraded if an offender has past convictions for theft or other crimes on their record.
Authorities have charged a 52-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man with swindling the heiress to the Wrigley chewing gum fortune out of almost $500,000. The arrests come after a yearlong investigation by the Florida Attorney General's Office and Department of Law Enforcement. Reports indicate that the pair worked as a housekeeper and ranch hand at the heiress's Pasco County estate and allegedly began to siphon money from her accounts after being promoted to the positions of bookkeeper and ranch manager.
In the state of Florida, theft laws cover a range of offenses such as larceny or stealing. Theft occurs when an individual intentionally takes or uses property that belongs to another person. An accused person must intend to deprive the owner of that property to be found guilty of a theft charge. Theft may also occur if a person uses property for a purpose other than what he or she was authorized to use it for.
Two Florida men who were accused of stealing items valued at more than $50,000 and attempting to sell them on Craigslist were charged by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. The theft allegedly occurred on May 12 when someone reported that a flatbed trailer and two sump grinders had been taken from a fenced lot in Sarasota.
A husband and wife in Florida were charged on Feb. 9 for forging checks and depositing them into the bank accounts of two companies that they operate. The 37-year-old man is facing 13 forgery counts, and his 29-year-old wife is facing two forgery counts. The total amount of the combined checks is $37,500.
Police in Florida are searching for three individuals who are alleged to have been part of a multi-state shoplifting ring. The Polk County Sheriff's Office say that four members of the gang have already been taken into custody. The group is accused of stealing almost $180,000 of merchandise from Walmart stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and 26 Florida counties. The arrests followed a two-year investigation that began when detectives in Polk County received a tip about an organized group of shoplifters.
Police intend to send a message to potential thieves that crime will not be tolerated. This was one goal of a large operation which combined the efforts of Florida law enforcement with local retailers. Focusing on so-called hot spots, police arrested 13 people for allegedly shoplifting and other crimes. Many of those in custody are local, but some are from other states.
Three individuals recently taken into custody in Florida may soon be exploring their legal options. Reports stated that the men were accused of having involvement in a theft ring revolving around iPhones. Each man is facing his own set of charges, and as a result, the men will likely want to determine which legal routes may be best for themselves.
When individuals are accused of having stolen items, they may wonder how they came to be in such a situation. Theft charges can have a serious effect on a person, and he or she may wish to determine how to potentially handle the legal proceedings that he or she may face. One woman in Florida may be looking to gather such information after recently being taken into custody.
Preparing for any situation could potentially help an individual feel more at ease about what he or she may face. One man in Florida may be hoping to prepare for a legal predicament after recently being taken into custody on charges of grand theft. At the time of the report, it was unclear whether the man had sought legal counsel, but nonetheless, doing so may be a step he wishes to consider.