Although shoplifting is not considered the most serious crime, you need to realize one thing to be true: This can still have a negative impact on your life.
A driver is facing felony theft charges after allegedly stealing 1,500 cases of beer from a truck he was driving for an employer. The truck driver is reported to have called his boss to say the truck had broken down during a trip to Corpus Christi, Texas. He later called in to work again and allegedly said that he had sold the contents of the truck because he needed the cash.The police received a tip about someone selling beer out of rental trailers and upon investigation, about a week later found boxes and wrappers with bar codes that matched those from the missing load of beer. The truck driver was arrested and is being held on a $40,000 bond for charges of felony theft. It was not clear how much he garnered from the alleged scheme, or how much he was selling the allegedly purloined goods for.
Two winning lottery tickets, some old-fashioned sleuthing by deputies and three confessions ended the number of theft crimes committed by a trio of robbers in one. The events started when two of the suspects purchased some drinks and lottery tickets at a Douglassville, Texas, convenience store. Two hours later, a surveillance camera at the store caught the men taking $400 to $500 from the clerk at gunpoint.A criminal investigator from the Cass County Sheriff's Office made the connection between the suspects and the robbery through the lottery tickets. The investigator checked the serial numbers of the tickets and located where the tickets were cashed. He then got a positive identification of the men when he went to a store in New Boston.
A 26-year-old Austin man's decision to steal a 44-foot sailboat by swimming away with it in tow may have far reaching consequences following his arrest on felony theft charges. The suspect at first refused to release the $120,000 boat and surrender to police. Police arrested the man after a detective talked him into giving up his efforts to swim with the boat to deeper waters.The man's troubles began when a harbormaster who called police spotted him. Arriving police officers saw the suspect swimming in a channel with the boat attached to him by a rope. Officers said it appeared as though he was attempting to escape to deeper water but was determined not to give up the boat.
Over the last few years, stories of people stealing copper pipes from abandoned houses have sprung up throughout the nation. To some, this might seem like a curious thing to steal, but copper priced have skyrocketed over the last couple years. In Houston, a man is currently facing theft charges for stealing something that is also interesting, but highly valued: human hair.
A former El Paso, Texas, school superintendent is reportedly awaiting trial on federal fraud and theft charges. He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy, one count of mail fraud and one count of theft of federal funds. Having since resigned from his post, the former superintendent was arrested in August and subsequently released on $50,000 bail.