For many teenagers, trying to gain acceptance during high school is a major part of growing up. When a student is rejected by friends or does not make a sports team, it can be a crushing experience. Two Houston teens are now facing charges for vandalizing their school's football field out of anger. The damages from the property crimes could cost as much as $50,000.
The trial for the man accused of burning down a Houston, Texas, furniture store has been delayed because the man's defense team successfully argued that he is not competent to stand trial. According to reports, the man has a nonmalignant brain tumor, which has impaired his cognitive and physical abilities. This medical ailment has left the man unable to adequately participate in his own property crimes defense. After the man recuperates, the trial will resume.
Crimes against property are treated seriously in Texas, and this is particularly true in cases in which the crime may have endangered the life of another. Recently, one man was found guilty of intentionally destroying property. It appears that his rationale may have been to "gain status" with the Aryan Brotherhood.Reportedly, on Dec. 28 in 2010, the 26-year-old man from the west Texas town of Crane began a series of racially motivated crimes that ended with arson. The crimes were apparently prompted by his seeing an African-American man in a wheelchair passing by a church. According to reports, the 26-year-old subsequently decided to set fire to the Faith in Christ Church in Crane. He also allegedly hoped that the African-American man would be killed in the fire.
A Texas man is being held in a correctional facility in Pennsylvania after the alleged theft of a number of cell phones and pagers. Police arrested the man for the property crimes on Thanksgiving Day. His bail has been set at $25,000.The 26-year-old man had reportedly arrived on a flight into Pennsylvania late on Nov. 23. He was on his way to an Econo Lodge, where he intended to stay while he worked for a gas company in the area. However, police claim that, as the man waited at the airport, he allegedly stole seven cell phones and 11 pagers from the offices of a local taxi company.