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Los Angeles Burglary Crime

Posted on: October 5, 2009 at 11:54 a.m.

An alleged Los Angeles burglary crime suspect was shot to death by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in Azusa this morning after he pulled a knife out.  The deputies were trying to arrest two suspected car thieves around 1:00 in the morning when the two suspects fled the scene.  After a short pursuit, deputies cornered one suspect, who then pulled out his weapon.  A deputy fired several rounds at the burglary suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  His identity has not yet been released.  The second suspect has also not yet been identified and has yet to be apprehended by law enforcement. Theft is a broadly-used term in California that can be used to mean all manner of theft crimes.  A Los Angeles burglary is specifically the illegal entering a building or home in order to deprive the owners of their property by removing it.  Larceny is the removal of property from a person or place with the intent to deprive the owner of their property.  Larceny and burglary in particular deal with tangible items such as cars, jewelry, artwork or electronics items.  This is different from crimes that involve real estate or services, which are items that cannot be “carried away" by a suspect.  Theft crimes in Los Angeles can be charged as either misdemeanor or felony criminal offenses.  The difference in these cases is generally the value of the items stolen:  if the value is above $400, then the theft is considered Grand Theft and is nearly always a felony offense.  If you are found guilty of grand theft in Los Angeles, you could find yourself in either a county jail or a state prison for up to 16 months, as well as being sentenced to probation, parole, community service, fines, restitution or any combination of all six. Our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys also wanted to share a word about dealing with Los Angeles law enforcement agents:  they can and will use potentially lethal force against you if you are threatening their safety.  If you find yourself being stopped (in any situation) by police, drop your weapon if you have one.  Do not run, because then they will have a reason to chase you.  If you are carrying anything that resembles a firearm or other weapon (even a something as common as a baseball bat), they can shoot at you, or even simply arrest you because they can claim that they were “in fear for their lives."  Police are legally allowed to stop you and ask you your name and address for pretty much any reason.  They can arrest you if they suspect you have committed a crime.  If they ask you anything beyond your name and address, ask to speak with an attorney first.  If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, such as a burglary crime, call the Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin today.  Our attorneys have decades of combined experience in defending against criminal charges of all types.  In many cases, improper police conduct or gathering of evidence may even be enough to get your charges dropped and your case dismissed.  You can reach us at 877-781-1570.

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Elizabeth on November 18, 2009 at 3:13 p.m. wrote:

When will people learn that you should NEVER pull out a weapon against a policeman? Police are routinely armed and rarely fight alone. Suspects have such a small chance of winning these fights.

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