A rural north Texas woman returned to her home one day last week to see a strange car in her driveway and her television on the patio. A quick look around also revealed an open window and her own trailer attached to the out of place vehicle. She called authorities and a family was arrested.
It turns out, according to this report from the Paul’s Valley Daily Democrat, that the burglary suspects were a 31 year old man and his 19 year old nephew. Also allegedly along for the ride was the nephew’s 17 year old girlfriend and their two children, both under the age of two.
The men attempted to flee when police arrived on the scene but they were caught and taken into custody. The woman and children were found in the vehicle along with evidence suspected of being stolen from that home and another as well.
In all, the duo had loaded up over $30,000 worth of electronics, guns, and other valuables. Both men are now facing criminal charges in Garvin County District court.
While criminal statutes regarding a home burglary are slightly different than a general theft charge, the concept is the same. You are accused of taking something that didn’t belong to you and the exact charge you face will depend on the value of the goods or services in question.
For instance, if you are charged with stealing something that is valued at less than $50 you will face a class C misdemeanor charge and a potential fine. However, if that item you are accused of stealing is worth more than $1,500, you could face state jail felony charges and up to 2 years behind bars.
When you are facing criminal charges like theft, embezzlement, or even robbery, you need an attorney on your side willing to fight for you, and defend your rights in court. Contact us for a criminal defense consultation.