Two men broke into a Winn-Dixie in Miami Gardens, Florida and stole money from the supermarket's safe on May 29. The armed men used hammers to enter through a wall and then waited for the employees to arrive. After the manager and other employees deactivated the alarm system, the men held them at gunpoint and made them lie on the ground. To obtain the money, the suspects forced the store's manager to open the safe.
The two men may face a variety of charges if they are caught by authorities. They may face robbery charges because they put the employees and the manager in fear while taking the money from the supermarket. In the state of Florida, robbery with a firearm or other deadly weapon is considered a first degree felony. They may also be charged with burglary, or entering or occupying another's premises with the intent to commit a crime. Burglary can be prosecuted as a first degree, second degree or third degree crime.
If convicted of burglary or robbery, the men may face serious penalties. Sentencing can include life imprisonment for conviction of first degree robbery for using firearms during the theft. Depending on the degree of burglary, they could be sentenced with anywhere from five years to life in prison and a fine up to $10,000. If you have been charged with a violent crime, it is important to seek a strong defense as quickly as possible to avoid serious penalties.
As a former Miami-Dade prosecutor, our Miami criminal defense lawyer understands the strategies the District Attorney will use to convict you. With experience in over 100 trials, Attorney Mirer is prepared to defend you against robbery, burglary and other theft charges. If you are interested in learning more about the proven defense of our firm, contact the Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. today!