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.
Felony charges are serious and often carry considerable fines and jail time. While theft charges are not always felonies, a theft involving a large amount of cash or items worth a great deal of money may be charged as a felony crime.
Any person facing theft charges can benefit from the help of a criminal defense attorney but for an individual facing felony charges, it may be crucial to that person’s defense. In many cases, a criminal defense attorney can help those who are accused understand their rights and find ways to deal with the charges against them.
Source: KWTX-TV, “Texas Beer Truck Driver Charged In Brew Theft Scam,” Oct. 25, 2012