Five people have been arrested by Virginia Beach police and accused of involvement in taking 80 laptop computers from a FedEx facility there. Police stated that a security guard claimed to have encountered three men in masks running from the premises slightly after midnight. A later inspection of goods in the freight service center found that a pallet believed to have held the computers was not in the locked trailer where it was supposed to be. All of the computers were Apple brand.
Police soon began a search for the people responsible for the theft. A K-9 unit was used. They said that they followed a "trail" of computers from the FedEx facility to a vehicle used by two of those arrested. Two others arrested were FedEx employees who police accused of having used a key to unlock the trailer that the computers were held in. Forty-six of the missing 80 computers were recovered, according to police reports.
All five of those arrested were charged with burglary and grand larceny. Four of the five men were also charged with conspiracy. Theft charges get more serious based on the value of the goods allegedly stolen. In this instance, 80 laptop computers would undoubtedly qualify for felony theft, as the grand larceny charges indicate. This is punishable by substantial prison terms if a conviction is obtained.
Any defendants facing similar serious charges should always consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney at the earliest possible time to explore all possible avenues of defense or mitigation of the charges.
One important thing for anyone arrested on such serious charges to remember, especially in cases with multiple defendants, is that you have a right to remain silent and to ask for an attorney. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. You have rights as a defendant that need to be protected.
Source: WTKR.com, "All five suspects arrested after theft of Apple laptops from Beach FedEx facility" Becca Mitchell, Nov. 14, 2013