September 24, 2013
An investigation of a theft reported by a Castaic firearms manufacturer led Santa Clarita Valley detectives to the residence of a 37-year-old man. He allegedly stole rifle parts in early September.
According to a report by signalsvc.com, a search was conducted on the suspect's house on September 17. The rifle parts, along with a cache of weapons including handguns, revolvers, and rifles, were allegedly found. Detectives say they also discovered a varied collection of tactical equipment, including several bullet-proof vests, grenades, ballistic helmets, and ammunition.
The thorough search reportedly produced a counterfeit LAPD badge and identification card.
The suspect was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and held on $250,000 bail. He is facing charges of grand theft and other felony crimes.
According to California Penal Code Section 487, grand theft is committed “when the money, labor, or real or personal property taken is of a value exceeding 950 dollars.” A grand theft charge can also be pushed if the stolen property is a firearm, no matter what the value.
In California, grand theft is a “wobbler offense,” meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. The penalties are severe for either case and include fines and incarceration. If a stolen firearm is involved, the charge automatically becomes a felony.
A grand theft conviction can carry enhancements according to specific circumstances. The enhancements are:
- One additional year if the value of the stolen property exceeds $65,000
- Two additional years if the value of the stolen property exceeds $200,000
- Three additional years if the value of the stolen property exceeds $1,300,000
- Four additional years if the value of the stolen property exceeds $3,200,000
The experienced Ventura and Santa Clarita theft crime defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann can help you defend your freedom and your future if you've been charged with a serious crime. Call us today at (888) 744-7730 for a comprehensive consultation, free of charge.