When voters in California passed Proposition 47 in 2014, the penalties for many minor crimes were reduced. However, the consequences faced by shoplifters in the Golden State can still be severe. There is no law in California that specifically deals with shoplifting, so offenders are sentenced under the state's theft laws. Individuals caught stealing inexpensive items will usually face petty theft charges that carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. When goods worth more than $950 are involved, shoplifters can face grand theft charges and be sent to jail for up to a year. Stealing a gun can lead to even more severe penalties.
A 56-year-old priest in California has admitted to stealing nearly $100,000 from parishes he served. The man took the money from many collection plate offerings over several years, according to the Diocese of Santa Rosa.
Two California women are facing a raft of charges including identity theft, burglary, and drug possession after being apprehended during a sting operation conducted by Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office deputies. The women were taken into custody on May 3 when they met undercover deputies in a Cupertino restaurant to allegedly sell an iPad that had been purchased with a stolen credit card.
In March, California lawmakers began considering a bill that would beef up penalties for thieves who steal packages from porches and doorsteps. The bill would expand the state's penal code to specifically forbid burglaries from porches, doorsteps and other areas outside the home known as "curtilages."
Three men were detained in Pasadena on suspicion of burglary. Claremont police were alerted of the alleged break-in when a housekeeper called 911 to report a possible intruder at a residence in the 3700 block of Hollins Avenue. The call was placed at approximately 1 p.m. The housekeeper told police that she was hiding at the time of the call.
Deputies with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department could not explain the motivations of a California woman who they arrested after she allegedly entered a home in Woodside and stole a phone. The man living at the residence said that she took his phone and then used it to live-stream her comments as she wondered around his property.
A Fair Oaks man is facing felony shoplifting and grand theft charges after thousands of library books and DVDs were discovered in his home. The 46-year-old man allegedly took most of the materials from the Sacramento Public Library, which was determined from the attached labels. A search warrant for the man's home was granted after the library contacted sheriff's deputies to report a man spotted on surveillance cameras placing several books in his backpack while only checking one of them out.
In the state of California, auto theft could be considered to be either a misdemeanor or a felony charge. The severity of the charge depends on the facts in the case, and it could also hinge on the defendant's criminal record. Furthermore, the type of charge a person faces may depend on whether he or she intended to keep the vehicle permanently or merely took it on a joyride.
Larceny occurs when an item is taken without force and in an unlawful manner. To be considered larceny, the item must belong to another person and be taken without the owner's consent. Furthermore, it must be taken with the intent to deny the owner of the use or enjoyment of an object. If an object cannot be moved, it may not be necessary to physically carry it away.
Auto theft charges in California can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. How a crime is classified depends on the facts in a given case. However, most auto theft cases involve felony charges that carry jail time and a fine of up to $10,000 for those who are convicted. To commit auto theft in the state, a person must take a car that doesn't belong to him or her and is worth more than $950.