Category Archives: Theft & Robbery

There is a difference between theft and robbery, though both have similar elements. If you have been arrested for stealing, contact an attorney immediately to begin building your defense.

Are Homeowners Declining to Report Crimes in Texas?

Car Theft

According to a study recently published by Security Baron, Texas homeowners sometimes do not report property crimes that occur on their property, such as vandalism or burglary. As many as 11 percent of Texas homeowners would consider not reporting a minor crime on their property to police. Taken as a national average, roughly 19 percent of people would consider not reporting property crimes. Why is it that some homeowners are reluctant to report property crimes?…
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What Do I Do If I Am Caught Burglarizing a Car?

Car Theft

Two young adults were recently apprehended in College Station after a series of car burglaries. Witnesses who called in to report the burglaries identified an 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man wandering an apartment complex parking lot, checking door handles for unlocked vehicles. Once arrested, they were discovered to be in possession of stolen items, including a firearm. The two were arrested and charged with three counts of criminal attempt burglary of a vehicle and…
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Livin’ Fajita Loca – Texas Man Arrested in Million-Dollar Meat Theft Scheme

Resisting Arrest

Holy guacamole! A South Texas man has been arrested after stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. The bizarre plot led to first-degree theft charges, a felony with a potential sentence of several years in jail. Gilberto Escamilla was a worker at the Darrell B. Hester Juvenile Justice Center. On August 7, he took the day off work to attend a medical appointment. While he was away, a driver with Labatt Food Service…
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The Difference Between Burglary and Criminal Trespass Charges

Burglary and Theft

Burglary and criminal trespass are two related, yet distinct, property crimes with different penalties. Criminal trespass occurs when a person enters or remains on or in the property of another, including residential land, agricultural land, an RV park, a building or a vehicle without effective consent. The person must notice that entry is forbidden, or must receive notice to depart and fail before police can levy criminal trespass charges. For a conviction, prosecutors must prove…
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What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for Stealing Cars?

NBC DFW reported on three teenagers that were arrested for stealing cars in Keller who may also be connected to a series of car thefts in North Fort Worth. In the past few weeks, dozens of vehicles had been burglarized in several neighborhoods in North Fort Worth. Authorities recovered surveillance video of some of the incidents. Reportedly, it showed around seven young men going car to car checking for unlocked doors. As of this writing,…
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What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for a Hit-and-Run?

Recently, a Dallas police officer was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Dallas. According to WFAA-TV, the incident happened on Memorial Day when the suspected hit-and-run driver crashed into the officer’s police car in Pecan Grove Park near the intersection of Kiest Boulevard and Westmoreland Road. The collision resulted in the squad car falling 24 feet and landing on its roof in a creek. The officer suffered severe injuries, including a punctured lung. However, he…
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What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for Burglary in Texas?

Dallas News featured a report recently about burglary in Texas. The report concerned the arrests of a man and a woman suspected of committing a burglary in Arlington. The two burglary suspects reportedly had a third accomplice that escaped capture. After responding to a suspicious-person call, officers discovered the call may have been related to a burglary. Three suspected burglars fled the scene in a vehicle. The officers chased them until the three suspected burglars…
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What Happens If I’m Caught Stealing a Bait Car in Texas?

Recently, a bait car in Texas failed to shut off after it was allegedly stolen. Per CBS 11, the bait car, a Chevrolet pickup truck, was allegedly taken around 2 am from a parking spot on Walton Street in Deep Ellum. However, the bait car reportedly did not shut off as it is supposed to do after being stolen. This led to a police chase that ended with the suspected car thief crashing through a…
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Defenses Against Automobile Theft Crimes in Texas

Theft is one of those crimes where the penalties vary dramatically depending on the value of the item stolen. Naturally, cars tend to be valuable, so stealing a car can result in pretty serious charges. Prosecutors will look at the fair market value of the property or its replacement value to determine charges. In Texas, stealing anything worth $2,500 fair market value or more constitutes a felony. As such, nearly all automobile theft crimes are…
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Is Using a Credit Card Skimmer Property Theft or Identity Theft?

A credit card skimmer is a device that people install on machines that read cards, like ATMs or gas pumps, in order to steal information from the card’s magnetic strip. One of the more technologically sophisticated methods of credit card theft, skimmers are becoming more and more popular thanks to their unassuming appearance and the ease with which they can be used. Stealing credit card information with a skimmer is clearly theft, but is it…
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