Crimes can end up being way more complex than the person intends them to be, and an offender can end up with more time than he or she ever imagined. A recent incident involved a 16-year-old Pompano Beach boy who apparently jumped into a vehicle and stole it from a Fort Lauderdale laundromat. The boy stole the vehicle from the laundromat not knowing that a 10-month-old baby was in it.
The mother of the child was in the laundromat perhaps loading clothes. She must have left the baby in the car while she was doing such. In the blink of an eye, the young man jumped into the car and peeled away from the West Sunrise Boulevard’s LaundroMax laundromat. The mother immediately contacted police and had an Amber alert issued for her child. Authorities started looking for the 2015 Chevy Cruze that the boy stole.
The incident occurred on February 12, 2016. The police found the abandoned vehicle and the unharmed baby on West McNab Road in Fort Lauderdale. The boy may have abandoned the vehicle once he found out that a baby was in it. Unfortunately for him, the police used fingerprints to track him down, and they arrested him. The newspapers kept his name private because of his age.
Two people may be held accountable in the incident. The boy could be facing theft charges along with kidnapping charges. The grand theft auto charge can send an adult to jail for several years. The kidnapping charge could result in a lifetime sentence. The mother of the child may be looking at child endangerment charges or something similar for leaving the baby in the car. A Fort Lauderdale auto theft defense lawyer can help either individual in such a case.
Kenneth Hassett and the lawyers in his firm are dedicated to keeping individuals out of jail. They have been defending people in the Fort Lauderdale area for many years. If you or someone you know has been in a similar situation to the one stated above, you can contact a Fort Lauderdale auto theft lawyer and schedule an appointment for a consultation. The attorneys will use a series of defenses to protect the client. Accused parties can schedule a consultation by calling or completing an online form today. One of the attorneys will get right back to that person as quickly as possible and bring the person in for a meeting.