Maryland Man, Woman Face Charges for Auto Theft
People typically do not look kindly upon theft. They don’t appreciate it when others take their possessions without their consent. This is especially true with vehicles. Cars and trucks often cost tens of thousands of dollars, so having a possession of this nature stolen is no laughing matter.
Two Maryland residents are facing multiple criminal charges after taking a person’s truck without permission. The unidentified theft victim, from New Windsor, last saw their truck on October 29 when it was parked around the back of a house. When the truck went missing, the victim called a 43-year-old Westminster man, who had taken the truck. He had driven the vehicle to Frederick for unknown reasons. The man also claimed he would return soon.
The man was arrested on December 23. He was released the same day on a $2,500 bond. It is believed that he was arrested out of state. Another person, a 34-year-old woman from Taneytown, was also arrested in connection with the truck theft. She was arrested on November 26 and released on her own recognizance the following day.
Each were charged with five criminal counts: conspiracy to commit the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, unauthorized removal of a motor vehicle, theft between $100 and $1,500, and rogue and vagabond. The woman is scheduled to appear in court on January 28. The man’s court date is scheduled for February 25.
What is Grand Theft Auto?
Not to be confused with the popular video game, grand theft auto is essentially motor vehicle theft. It involves stealing or conspiracy to steal an automobile. In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of vehicles are stolen every year.
A person who steals a vehicle can face felony charges. If the value of the vehicle is under $25,000, a person can face five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. If the vehicle is worth more than $25,000, the penalties are even steeper. A person can face a $25,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison.
However, it appears as though the vehicle theft in this case was classified as a misdemeanor, given that the charge was theft between $100 and $1,500. The stolen truck in this case appeared to be running, but was likely very old or in poor condition.
Contact a Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Theft can be a serious crime, depending on the value of the stolen goods. It also depends on the type of theft, as there are various types, including larceny, shoplifting, grand theft auto and embezzlement. In some cases, a person can face felony charges.
If you are facing theft charges, seek legal help right away, even if you think the charges aren’t that serious. Any criminal activity can impact your life harm to your reputation, so call the Columbia theft lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. He can reduce your charges and help you achieve a favorable outcome. Schedule a free consultation by calling (410) 774-5987 or filling out the online form.