Local news outlet WSVN reported over the weekend that three women were arrested for allegedly stealing cell phones from the Sprint store on West 49 th Street and Ninth Avenue. The women were caught on the store's surveillance video cutting the wires of the display phones during business hours. The suspects were arrested after the mother of one of the women called in a tip to police after recognizing her daughter in the picture aired on a WSVN 7News report. The trio includes two sisters and their aunt, who are charged with grand theft for stealing more than $1,200 worth of smart phones.
Grand theft is charged for the theft of property valued at $300 or more, or for the theft of a certain type of item, such as a firearm. There are three degrees of grand theft charged in the state of Florida, and if convicted sentencing depends upon the value of the item stolen as well as the type of item stolen.
- Grand Theft of the Third Degree: The theft of property valued between $300 to less than $20,000. Third degree grand theft is punishable by fines up to $5,000 and incarceration in a state prison for as long as 5 years.
- Grand Theft of the Second Degree: Theft of property valued at $20,000 to less than $100,000. Second degree grand theft is punishable by fines up to $10,000 and incarceration in a state prison for as long as 15 years.
- Grand Theft of the First Degree: Theft of property valued at $100,000 or more. Third degree grand theft is punishable by fines up to $10,000 and incarceration in state prison for as long as 30 years.
Grand theft is a serious offense in Florida, and if you are accused of this crime it is important to retain experienced defense at once. Miami criminal defense lawyer Michael Mirer has fought for the rights and interests of clients charged with all types of theft crimes, and he can provide the seasoned and aggressive representation you need. To learn more about our firm's proven defense services, contact us today to discuss your case!