Police are currently investigating what appears to be a series of jewelry theft occurring in some high-profile celebrity homes. Just recently, thieves broke into the Beverly Hills residence of singer Nicki Minaj and took jewelry worth about $175,000. The theft is believed to have transpired late last year while the singer was out of town.

Police as well are reportedly investigating another burglary involving the home of Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher. Thieves allegedly stole jewelry and other valuables worth $300,000 from the player’s house in Tarzana. And still on jewelry thefts this year, news reports say that singer Alanis Morissette lost some jewelry worth $2 million when burglars broke into her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Police have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the thefts.

Grand Theft Cases

Police investigation for the reported thefts will most likely lead to the arrest and criminal charges of suspected individuals. Considering the value of the property stolen from each of the celebrity homes, anyone suspected of breaking and entering their homes could also be charged with grand theft in California.

Under the California Penal Code, the unlawful taking of another person’s property is punished as theft. But when the value of the property taken is more than $950, the defendant may be charged with felony grand theft.

Misdemeanor or Felony Theft

Theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the circumstances of the accused and the situation. While both misdemeanor and felony theft convictions carry jail times, the penalties for misdemeanor theft are relatively light compared to felony theft. Moreover, a theft conviction will carry several professional and personal repercussions that can destroy your life.

Anyone charged with theft should enlist the support of the best criminal defense attorney possible, one who can raise all the appropriate theft defenses under the situation. An experienced theft defense attorney can help by obtaining an acquittal or dismissal of the charges or a reduction of the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.

If you or a family member is accused of theft in the Los Angeles area, contact the Kestenbaum Law Group today at (818) 616-4312 to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney. At the law office of David S. Kestenbaum, our attorneys have helped clients in building a solid defense that have led to either a dismissal or a reduction of the charges against them.