We all make mistakes. But what if those mistakes lead to criminal charges? What if you accidentally do something that results in a call to the police?
Most people associate arson charges with a scheme to defraud an insurance company. They picture someone setting fire to a warehouse or business and then trying to cash in on an inflated insurance check.
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.
Being accused of theft in Texas is very serious. Indeed, Texas has a reputation for being particularly tough on theft. That is why anyone accused of theft should immediately seek out experienced legal representation. Recently, a Texas woman was accused of theft of merchandise from the Houston Premium Outlets, a very popular shopping center with an array of different stores that is frequented by a high volume of shoppers every week.
Every business that has sellable property on the premises is at risk of property and theft crimes, especially after hours when there are few or no staff members on site to protect the items. That is certainly true for pawn shops, which base their business on accumulating items that can be resold at a profit. Recently, two Houston residents were accused of being responsible for burglaries at multiple pawn stores in Texas.
People who might never shoplift outright may attempt to get an extra discount on the merchandise they purchase by switching price tags to pay a substantially lower amount. Technology has advanced and made this more challenging with the use of RFID tags and barcodes, yet people still manage to get away with some price tag switches.
On Jan. 27, Texas authorities reported that three individuals who robbed a Houston gas station in September had not yet been identified. The three men reportedly arrived at the gas station in a white Mercedes SUV, which they used as a getaway vehicle.
Forgery in the state of Texas falls under the category of theft. It is also a form of fraud. Someone who commits forgery with the intent to deceive could be charged with fraud or theft, but the intent to deceive is an important component of the charge in most jurisdictions.
Law enforcement authorities with the Texas Rangers recently charged a justice of the peace with felony theft between $1,000 and $20,000. Reportedly, the judge was taken into custody on Oct. 13 and later released on a personal recognizance bond. The woman, who is the serving justice of the peace for Brooks County, allegedly wrote a series of checks to illegal game rooms in Falfurrias.
Police say that two females taken into custody on Oct. 16 confessed to 50 break-ins across multiple cities in northern portion of Texas. Authorities first made contact with the women after a traffic stop that took place at 4 a.m. that morning after an illegal lane change. When police approached their vehicle, they saw power tools, a vice grip and a lock cutter.