When you think about cohorts in crime, various images may come to mind. A recent report on activities in Chandler has resulted in a finger being pointed in the direction of an unusual pair of alleged thieves – a mother and her 25-year old son. The two have been charged with theft, burglary and, in the case of the son, credit card fraud. Here’s the way the duo allegedly operated.
The mother was an assistant manager at a local U-Haul facility. She and her son supposedly burglarized five storage units, taking items worth over $60,000. Police say that a search of their home revealed missing items from each of the units.
Here’s the way the charges line up:
- Burglary. This likely will be a third degree felony charge under A.R.S 13-1506, which consists of entering or remaining in a non-residential structure with intent to commit theft or a felony.
- Theft. Controlling the property of another without lawful authority is an offense under A.R.S. 13-1802. The classification of general theft offenses depends upon the value of the property or services involved, and in the present case, the charge will be a class 2 felony, since the value is $25,000 or more.
- Credit Card Fraud. The Arizona Criminal Code devotes an entire chapter to credit card fraud. Fraudulent use of a credit card consists, among other things, of attempting to use a credit card with intent to defraud. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the value of the property which has been obtained, or which the suspect attempted to obtain.
We suspect, although the report we read makes no mention of it, that the pair might also have been selling some of the allegedly stolen loot. If so, we might expect an additional charge of trafficking in (which includes selling) stolen property, which is covered in A.R.S. 13-2307. Depending upon the level of the person’s intent (reckless or knowing), this is either a class 3 felony or a class 2 felony.
However this case evolves, the two will be facing years in prison if convicted.
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