A 27-year-old Fort Lauderdale man has been taken into custody by local police for allegedly stealing deliveries from Amazon from his neighbor’s carport. He simply drove his BMW to the neighbor’s home, opened his trunk and loaded it with the deliveries. The items were intended as Christmas presents for children. Video from the home’s security system shows the suspect loading the goods. The man was identified from the car’s license plate. That took police to his home which is around the corner from the victim’s home.
Police reported that the man was inside of his family’s house when they arrived, and he was in possession of the packages. His mother was said to have identified him from the video. He was charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and petty theft. Apparently there were prior drug charges that he was also being held on. Prosecutors remarked that the man has a long criminal history that includes arrests for strong-armed robbery, burglary of a structure, burglary of a dwelling, and possession of burglary tools.
According to Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Kenneth Hassett, the crime is the least severe of all theft offenses in Florida. Burglary of an unoccupied dwelling is far more severe. The crime is punishable by a minimum of 21 months and up to 15 years in prison. Burglary of an unoccupied dwelling is ordinarily a difficult charge for a prosecutor to prove, but in this case, the defendant was caught on film, and his own mother identified him. His past criminal history will definitely be taken into consideration.
Upon any arrest, don’t give police any type of statement or confession. It will only be used against you by the prosecution. Invoke your right to remain silent along with your right to an attorney, and contact Fort Lauderdale petty theft defense attorney Kenneth Hassett right away. Both judges and prosecutors know him and respect his work.