Category: Theft Crimes

Motor vehicle theft is one of the most common forms of major theft, and it can result in lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines – even for a first offense.

Unfortunately, auto theft is on the rise in North Carolina. More than 15,000 automobiles were reported stolen in North Carolina in 2015, and the overall rate of motor vehicle theft has increased substantially in recent years. Police have therefore cracked down on auto theft, meaning that more car theft arrests may be imminent.

With extra police attention devoted to the matter, it’s important [...]

Shoplifting is a very common theft crime both here in North Carolina and throughout the United States. It’s so prevalent that most shoplifters actually go undetected.

Though it’s often associated with rebellious teens stealing for the thrill of it, there isn’t a particular profile for a typical shoplifter. In fact, anyone can be a shoplifter.

Check out these statistics studied and compiled by the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention:

  • One in 11 people are shoplifters, which equates to about 27 million Americans.
  • In the last 5 years, more than 10 million people have
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Several different types of theft crimes exist in North Carolina.

If you are charged with theft, the value of the goods or property usually decides whether the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony. If a firearm or violence was involved at the time of the incident, the class of the offense will be higher. This is also true if a prior theft record exists.

By understanding the various types of theft that are defined under the law in our state, it can help you to plan your defense strategy, understand why you [...]

Pulling pranks on friends and neighbors can be a good way to get some laughs going, but when your pranks result in felony charges, suddenly things aren’t so funny.

Earlier this year, Andrew Emilious Justice, 32, of Taylorsville, may have been laughing as he stole a 1,000 pound, 3-foot tall rooster statue from a poultry farm in Alexander County. Justice couldn’t move the statute himself, so he enlisted the help of a tractor on a late Saturday night.

Unfortunately, his prank didn’t go so well. A few miles down the road, the chicken [...]

If you are accused of stealing from your job, the employer gets to decide whether or not they would like to press criminal charges against you. If convicted, you may receive jail time or fines.

That, however, is just the beginning. Most likely, you will get fired and lose your source of income. Those accused in North Carolina now have something else to worry about: employers have a new option to take you to civil court. If they win this additional case, they can take even more money out of your pocket.

How [...]