R. Todd Bennett, P.C.
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Theft accusations are informed by the evidence available

The whole country knows that Texas is tough on crime. For that reason, being accused of theft & property crimes can result in serious consequences if the person accused. Of course, it is an imperfect world, and accusations of theft occur daily. One example is of a man who was recently accused of robbing a Texas CVS.

The man, 21, is accused of having walked into a CVS pharmacy and handing the staff members a note. That note, according to published reports, demanded that the staff members give the man prescription drugs. Naturally, the staff members were very disconcerted by that.

Surveillance footage within the CVS showed the man handing a pharmacy staff member a note. After he left the CVS, police officers put out an alert on social media asking local residents to help identify the man so that he could be found, detained, and questioned. That resulted in the man being identified and labeled a person of interest. With a warrant having been taken out on him, he walked into the police department and turned himself in last Friday.

He is currently being held on a $100,000 bond. The charge against him is robbery, a second-degree felony.

This case shows how video evidence can affect accusations of theft. It also shows the power of social media, which was used to identify the man. However, many accusations of theft don't involve video or pictures of the alleged incident of theft.

Many accusations of theft and other property crimes are substantially less cut-and-dry. Often, accusations that a particular person committed theft may have insufficient evidence to back them up. In other cases, the value of allegedly stolen property and various other factors may have a big impact on the ultimate resolution of a case.

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