Last week, I wrote an article on the Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers website about recent St Johns County FL Theft and Burglary Cases. I seemed as if I had seen an influx of investigations in St Augustine and other St Johns County towns for theft related cases. I have seen many news stories where police are searching for someone that has been caught on camera stealing. I saw a recent story out of Clay County in which two people stole almost $500 of merchandize from a retail store. These people need to realize the trouble that they have gotten themselves into. This is not a minor offense. If they are caught, they will be charged with Florida grand theft. Grand theft is a felony charge. These people could end up in prison and with Florida criminal records. If they are convicted of the grand theft charges, they will become convicted felons. They will not be able to have their Florida records sealed or expunged. All of this for $500. They should speak with a Jacksonville criminal lawyer before talking to anyone else. According to the story reported by the Florida Times Union, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the suspects. Police are “asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects in a recent shoplifting incident.” The Clay County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release stating:
“Two suspects worked together to allegedly steal car stereos from a locked display case at a Walmart located at 899 Blanding Boulevard. One of the theft suspects “was seen standing near the exit sign with merchandise and was told by an employee to move away from the door if the items were not paid for…. The suspect moved the shopping cart away from the doors and near the registers. The suspect was then seen walking back-and-forth from the cart to the bakery while on the phone. When away from the cart, an employee took one of the items from the cart to scan it and placed it back in the cart. The suspect was then seen by a witness running with two items out the door, hitting it with his forearm and knocking the door off the track.”
The suspect fled the Wal-Mart store in a light colored Chevy Impala. The amount of merchandise taken was $496.97. If you steal $300 or more worth of merchandise, this is grand theft in Florida. If it is under $300, it is normally Florida petty theft. Read Florida Theft Law for Jacksonville Grand Theft and Petty Theft Arrests to learn more about Florida’s petty theft and grand theft law found in Florida Statute Section 812.014.