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Category: Theft


What Does It Mean That Motor Vehicle Theft Crimes Are on the Rise?
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Crime is on the rise here in our state.
 
In a single year – from 2015 to 2016 – the overall crime rate went up 5.5% according to a recent report released by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
 
Homicides went up 9.9%. Rapes went up 7.2%. Aggravated assaults went up 8.3%. Robberies went up 5.9%. Larceny – more commonly known as theft – went up 4.3%. The… Continue reading this article

Thefts Can Add Up Quickly… and So Will Charges
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We all have those little expenses that turn into big chunks of our paycheck. Heading to Starbucks for your morning coffee. Stopping for fast food because you don’t have time for anything else.
 
Do these things once or twice and the money involved will be pretty small. Do them a few times a week for a month, though, and it adds up fast.
 
Well, the same concept… Continue reading this article

How Can I Defend Against a Colorado Shoplifting Charge?
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A shoplifting charge may seem minor, but depending on the value of the items in question, you may face felony charges and could even end up spending time in prison. Because of this, it is important to be prepared before entering the courtroom and have a strong defense ready for the judge.
 
In Colorado, shoplifting is defined as the act of knowingly obtaining or controlling someone else’s property… Continue reading this article

What You Need to Know about Colorado Motor Vehicle Theft
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When you think of vehicle theft, you may picture someone hijacking a car and driving away into the distance. Or maybe a car theft organization that operates a chop shop.
 
Stories in the media tend to support this. Right now, Colorado Springs is on the lookout for two young people involved in a motor vehicle theft ring. Four arrests have already been made, and three of the stolen… Continue reading this article

3 Crimes You Didn’t Know Are Theft Crimes
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When we think of a theft crime, we think of someone taking something that doesn’t belong to them. This could be shoplifting from a retail store, taking an item or items from someone else’s car, stealing a car, or other similar crimes.
 
The theft law in Colorado clearly defines theft as:
 

Knowingly getting, taking, or exercising control over anything valuable from another person without their permission or… Continue reading this article

Property Crimes: Types and Degrees of Theft
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“Theft crimes” is a broad term that includes a number of specific criminal charges. However, all theft crimes involve taking a person’s property without their permission.
 
Theft crimes can vary widely in their degree of severity, encompassing everything from shoplifting to armed robbery. Usually, the criminal charge for a theft crime is based on the value of the items that were taken. However, there are other factors that… Continue reading this article

8 Common Examples of Identity Theft in Colorado
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The advent of the internet has given rise to a special type of theft crime—identity theft.
Identity theft involves using another’s identity without their consent for your own benefit. Typically, identity theft is used to for financial gain—for instance, to apply for credit cards, loans, or housing. With identity theft crimes, offenders take personal information from a victim without their consent by illegal means, such as stealing their mail, wallet,… Continue reading this article

Colorado Police Crack Down on Property Crimes
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Local law enforcement agencies in Colorado are focusing on solving property crimes, such as motor vehicle thefts and burglaries, by sending DNA evidence to a new forensics lab in Boulder. This means that police in Colorado are more likely to show up to the scene of a property crime with a portable lab kit that allows them to swab for DNA samples and identify them using FBI’s Combined DNA Index… Continue reading this article

Canadian Woman Faces Theft Charges for Rescuing Neglected Dog
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If you were asked to define the word “theft,” you’d probably say something like, “taking property that belongs to someone else” or “depriving someone of their belongings with no intention of giving them back.” When we define theft, it sounds straightforward—we should be able to look at an incident and say it either is or isn’t theft. In practice, however, it’s a little more complicated. This was illustrated particularly well… Continue reading this article

I shoplifted and was caught on video – Should I just plead guilty to shoplifting?
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It is common for someone charged with shoplifting to be faced with the prospect of video evidence in his or her case, capturing the act of the alleged shoplifting – particularly when the store involved is a larger store like a supermarket, department store, or somewhere like Target or Wal Mart, as opposed to a small business.
 
Faced with video evidence, a person charged with shoplifting may understandably feel… Continue reading this article