Recently Redondo Beach police officers arrested two people in possession of approximately $16,000 worth of stolen property on the same day it was taken. Just how did they recover this stolen property so quickly? They used an Apple watch.
According to The Daily Breeze, around 3:15 p.m. Redondo Beach police got a call about a residential burglary. When Police arrived, the victim mentioned that an Apple watch was among the stolen property. The victim immediately began tracking the watch. This gave police a detailed road map to follow to find the suspects.
The alleged suspects made their way to Torrance, stopped for 15 minutes, and then continued to Los Angeles. That night police served a search warrant at the final location the watch showed. Sure enough, they found the watch and all of the victim's other property which included computers, cell phones, a firearm, and other items. Two people were arrested. While the specific criminal charges against these suspects have not yet been released, it is likely they could be facing charges including first degree burglary and grand theft.
- First Degree Burglary—First degree burglary usually involves residential burglary as it involves entering an “inhabited dwelling that is designed for habitation”—in other words, a place where someone lives. Under California Penal Code Section 460 first degree burglary is a felony. If convicted of this felony crime, the defendant can be sentenced to two, four, or six years in state prison.
- Grand Theft—Under California Penal Code Section 487(a), grand theft is a theft involving money, labor or real or personal property that is of a value exceeding $950. Theft of items worth $950 or more may result in a felony charge and up to three years in state prison. Also, grand theft of a firearm may lead to up to one year in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
These types of charges are very serious and can have life altering consequences. If you are facing burglary or theft charges of any kind it is crucial that you contact a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer who will be by your side and fight for your rights. The experienced theft crime defense attorneys at the Kann California Defense Group have successfully handled many theft cases. Contact us today for a free case consultation.