If you’ve ever had the urge to steal from a store due to being unable to afford items or wanting to have something you saw without paying, then you know that it’s a criminal offense to do so. Stealing can lead to federal charges in some cases, especially when the amount you’ve stolen grows into the thousands of dollars’ worth of products.
This shocking story may enlighten some readers about what happened to over $20,000 worth of stolen merchandise from area stores in Federalsburg, Maryland. According to a report from Jan. 24, a man from Dorchester County, Maryland, was arrested with over $20,000 of merchandise in his home.
The Maryland State Police reported that the 44-year-old man was arrested without a fight when they arrived at his home. A search warrant had been issued for the man’s home. The authorities reported finding missing items like kitchen appliances, a tag sensor remover and clothing.
The man was reportedly a contracted driver with JC Penney. Investigators claimed that one of the drivers, allegedly this man, had been removing merchandise from the trucks since June 2014. Because of the ongoing thefts, extra tracking methods were put into place to find the person responsible. Now, the 44-year-old man faces several charges including theft $10,000 to $100,000, burglary in the fourth degree, for a theft scheme of $10,000 to $100,000.
If you’ve been caught or accused of shoplifting or theft, it’s important to stand up for yourself and to develop a criminal defense strategy as soon as possible. Your alleged acts could lead to a felony conviction, prison sentence or other punishments, but with some help, you may be able to reduce the damage to your reputation and future.
Source: NBC Washington, “$20,000 Worth of Stolen Merchadise Recovered in Md. Home” Jan. 24, 2015