The holidays are upon us, and that means lots of gifts being purchased online and delivered to homes across Colorado. As it has become more common for packages to be stolen off of porches, it has become more common for people to install security cameras from companies such as Ring, Blink, Nest, and ADT. These cameras are making it easier for police departments, such as those in Castle Rock with their “Rock Watch” program, to identify and arrest the thieves. Last week, KRDO reported that Colorado Springs Police Department made four recent arrests and have a warrant for the arrest of another individual, all accused of stealing packages right off of residents' porches.
Theft Charges in Arapahoe County
In cases such as these, where a package is stolen off of a porch and not taken by force (Robbery), you could be charged with Theft in Arapahoe County. Theft is considered knowingly obtaining, retaining, or exercising control over anything of value of someone else's, without authorization, and intending to permanently keep the thing of value for your own use or benefit (C.R.S. 18-4-401).
Penalty for Theft in Jefferson County Depends on the Value of the Stolen Items
While a thief might hope for a high value item, they are taking a gamble based on the value of the item if they are caught. The penalty for Theft in Jefferson County is dependent upon the value of the item/items stolen. For example, if the items were valued less than $50, it is charged as a Class 1 Petty Offense. A item valued between $50 and $299 will mean a class 3 misdemeanor, a conviction of which result in 6 months in jail and/or fines up to $750. Items worth between $2,000 and $4,999 that are stolen will result in a class 6 felony charge, punishable by 1 year to 18 months in prison and fines as high as $100,000.
For a full list of value amounts and charges, view our Theft page.
If a package has multiple items in it, the District Attorney will add the value of each item together in order to increase the charges made against you, instead of charging each item separately. This could mean what would be a misdemeanor becoming a felony, based on the value of the items stolen.
Criminal Defense Attorney in Adams County for Theft Charges
If you are facing charges or accusations of Theft in Adams County or anywhere in Colorado, it is important to exercise your right to remain silent when contacted by law enforcement. As soon as possible, make sure to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to set up a consultation or to schedule a jail visit. Our lawyers understand the lasting impact that a misdemeanor or felony Theft conviction can have on your life, and we are well equipped to know how to put forward your best possible defense. Call us today at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.