Maryland Man Faces Theft Charges For Stealing Airbags
Many people make money from stealing car parts. You may have heard of people stealing catalytic converters, engines, tires, and other parts. This is a frustrating situation for car owners, especially when the thief is never caught. However, they are caught in some cases and they can face theft charges and serious penalties.
A 30-year-old man from Landover was recently arrested for stealing $32,000 in airbags from vehicles. When he was arrested on April 15, police found him in possession of 13 airbags. In total, he had stolen more than 100 airbags. The man is facing multiple criminal charges, including 35 counts of theft, tampering, and motor vehicle theft.
The airbag thefts had occurred in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The man would target Honda vehicles, steal the airbags, and then sell them.
This was not the man’s first arrest. He has a criminal history of vehicle-related offenses. In 2019, he and another person went on a theft spree in Upper Marlboro, burglarizing 19 vehicles in two hours. In 2018, he was arrested for stealing 76 tires in Virginia.
Why Do People Steal Airbags?
If you have ever had a car part replaced, you know that they can be expensive. Because of this, there’s a market for car parts. Some people will go to great lengths to steal tires, catalytic converters, and even airbags. But why airbags? And how would you know?
Your airbag could be stolen and you would never know it. You may be involved in a car accident and realize that your airbag never deployed.
You may think that stealing an airbag would be a complicated project. However, an airbag can be stolen by a thief in just a couple minutes. All it takes is removing several bolts. The thief will then replace your good airbag with a deployed one. You could go shopping and come back to a stolen airbag. Some repair shops will even steal airbags while vehicles are being worked on.
Airbags are a hot commodity because they are worth about $1,000. However, a mechanic can buy an airbag for $200 and then charge a customer or insurance company $1,000 for a replacement. There’s a lot of money to be made in this black market.
Approximately 50,000 airbags are stolen every year. The market is driven by supply and demand, just like any product. Some cars are more prone to airbag theft, such as newer Hondas.
Contact a Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Stealing airbags and other car parts is a frustrating crime for victims. Nobody wants to get their car parts stolen. As a result, a thief could face serious theft charges.
In extreme theft cases, a person could face many years in prison and be forced to pay thousands of dollars in fines. If you have been accused of theft, the Columbia theft lawyers at The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can help. Schedule a consultation by filling out the online form or calling (410) 774-5987. We have two offices to serve you.