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Theft / Robbery in Los Angeles

Theft and robbery crimes in Los Angeles can either be treated as misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the severity of the crime. Theft is broadly defined as the taking of almost anything of value without the consent of the owner, with the intent to permanently deprive the victim of the value of the property taken. Robbery specifically refers to the theft of property through use of physical force or fear against a victim. There are many different degrees to both theft and robbery charges, so it's important to contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to learn more information about specific charges.

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Defining Theft and Other Property Crimes

California's criminal code is long and complicated, with significant sections dedicated to property crimes.

Most of these offenses are lumped under "theft," but actually, there's no such offense as plain-old "theft" in the California Penal Code. Theft is the category name for property crimes, and it contains a list of offenses.

The legal differences between theft crimes are important because they affect how serious the sentence for each crime can be. So, what are the differences?

Craigslist Sale Gone Bad: Tips for Not Getting Robbed at Gunpoint

We try never to blame the victim. But really? This is kind a duh moment.

Two 19-year-old men wanted to rid themselves of some excess electronics, specifically two iPhones and five other cell phones. They turned to the infamous online classified site The problem with craigslist, as well as all other forms of classified ads, is that there is no screening.

The “buyer” could be a nice elderly woman buying iPhones for the grandkids. Or she could be two young men in a Nissan armed with fake cash and a handgun.

Beware! Though Cucumber Thief Arrested, Accomplice Still at Large

Guard your sea cucumbers and ginseng, ladies and gentlemen! Though serial cucumber thief and master getaway driver Man Van Truong, 56, has been apprehended, his co-conspirator is still on the streets. Victims have described the remaining suspect as an Asian male, 35 to 40 years old, with dark hair in a crew cut style, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Though many a figure in this fine city's underground has slung herbal remedies, this may be the first time the thieving was of actual herbal remedies. Sea cucumbers and ginseng are used as a stimulant, aphrodisiac, muscle relaxant and general purpose cure, reports the Los Angeles Times. A pound of sea cucumber retails for up to $130, while a pound of ginseng nets $300. The black market rate for these products is unknown.

Recycling Fraud Costs California Millions - It's All Seinfeld's Fault

Recycling fraud: what is it? Why read an explanation when you could have Seinfeld’s Cosmo and Kramer explain the process?

If Seinfeld isn’t your thing, here’s the quick and dirty summary. California charges $0.05 per can or bottle purchased. That deposit is returned when the bottle is recycled. Arizona and Nevada do not have these types of deposit programs. The common sense scheme is obvious, right?

It Pays to be Paranoid: Online Fraud and Identity Theft

The key to online safety might just be a combination of paranoia and common sense.

Online shopping has gone from a niche in the 1990s to an everyday practice, thanks in large part to online security measures such as encryption and secure connections. However, online fraud and identity theft present a recurrent problem for many.

Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of cyber-crime. Many of these steps are free. If you have already been hacked, we've also got information on remedying the problems.

82-year-old Lady's 57-year-old Rap Sheet Gets 7 More Charges

Gangster Granny, it's time to retire. Eighty-two-year-old Doris Thompson is the new bad-ass of the senior citizen cell block. Police say the career-criminal with Don King-styled hair was finally caught after a recent streak of medical office robberies, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Thompson's seven recent robberies all involved the same modus operandi. She would enter a medical office, hide until closing, and then locate the cash box. In one recent robbery, she reportedly stole cash, a device used to measure toddlers' temperature, and a urine cup. In total, prosecutors say that she has taken over $17,000 during the robberies. Identifying her off of the surveillance video was relatively easy for detectives due to her distinctive hair style.

Craigslist Not the Happiest Place for Disney Ticket Buyers

And this is why it’s a bad idea to buy tickets from scalpers.

Most of us have done it at one time or another. Whether it was from a scalper in the stadium parking lot, or that person on craigslist with “a few extra tickets,” reselling and scalping of tickets is a very common occurrence.

Unfortunately, sometimes criminals prey on those in need of a bargain or a last minute ticket to that sold-out Bieber concert.

Woman Fends Off Knife-Wielding iPod Thief, Keeps the Flow

Jadakiss once stated, in a 50 Cent tune, "if it wasn't for the flow, I'd probably have to double back, bubble crack."

Fiddy himself once warned that "confusion occurs coming up in the cold world."

Perhaps mindful of these life lessons and warnings, and fearful of a loss of "flow," a 27-year-old woman defended her iPod from a knife wielding thief, reports the Los Angeles Times. After all, what is a young woman on the rise supposed to do without the wisdom passed on from our elders?

Ignorance Is An Excuse for Former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley

"Your Honor, I'd like to plead stupidity."

You really could summarize the newest legal defense for corrupt politicians in those seven words. Thanks to a California Supreme Court decision from last year, and Omar Bradley's now-clean record, expect to see ignorance pleaded in future political corruption cases.

Eight years ago, Compton Mayor Omar Bradley was found guilty of corruption charges after the self-anointed "Gangster Mayor" accidentally used county funds and credit cards to cover personal expenses, reports the Los Angeles Times. Amongst the $7,500 in allegedly misappropriated funds were charges for golf balls and shoes, cigars, a penthouse hotel room, and of course, pay per view movies in the hotel room.

LAPD Officer Gets Sweetheart Deal in Hotel Felony Theft Case?

What's the proper way to sentence law enforcement officers who commit a crime? On the one hand, they've done so much good, and have such a clean record, that they seem to deserve a break. Then again, they have abused the trust of their employer, or employers, and given a bad name to police officers in general.

Should they be given a "get out of jail free card" for their past good deeds, or be held to a higher and harsher standard for breaking the public trust?