A man on probation for stealing $11,000 in Beanie Babies more than 10 years ago allegedly went on a shopping spree recently, stealing a minivan, breaking into a truck and stealing two televisions before taking a nap and getting caught by police, The MetroWest Daily News reports.
Theft charges in Natick typically get more serious depending on the value of the items taken. Yet, the value must be proven and that’s after the prosecution can even prove the defendant committed the crime.
Hiring an experienced and aggressive Framingham Criminal Defense Attorney to defend against similar allegations is the right first step. An attorney must be consulted in order to ensure justice is done and the rights of the defendant are upheld.
According to the newspaper, 41-year-old Brian William Doubleday already had warrants out for his arrest in Lowell District Court and Framingham District Court, though the newspaper doesn’t say what the warrants are for. The report also states that upon his arrest, the New Hampshire Probation Department issued an arrest warrant because he was serving time on probation from 1999, when he was convicted of stealing the Beanie Babies there.
Natick Police said an officer was on patrol when a minivan parked in a hotel parking lot caught his attention. After running the New Jersey plates through databases, the officer found it was stolen.
Inside, Doubleday was sleeping and after officers woke him up, he got out. Inside the minivan, they found a laptop and other items they believe were stolen from a U-Haul truck in Natick recently, police said. Police also believe video surveillance shows Doubleday stealing two 32-inch televisions from a hotel, but those televisions haven’t been found. The man faces charges of receiving a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen property worth more than $250 and larceny of property worth more than $250.
In this case, a defense lawyer may challenge probable cause.
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution gives every American the right to not be subjected to illegal search and seizure. That means that police officers can’t just knock on a person’s door and force themselves in looking for evidence of a crime. The same goes for when you’re driving in your vehicle. You can’t get stopped for no good reason just because the police want to go on a fishing expedition.
So, it will be interesting to see if police have any real reason for why they walked up to the vehicle Doubleday was in and determined they should question him. They also cited video surveillance as proof that he stole televisions, yet they found no televisions.
Video surveillance, as well as eye witness accounts, can be unreliable. People fudge details or don’t really remember what they saw in the first place. And sometimes, video cameras show fuzzy pictures or only the back of a person’s head. Rarely do the cameras really capture what a person looks like and zooming in makes the image more difficult to see.
It’s important to fight all aspects of a larceny or theft case because the penalties include years in prison as well as thousands of dollars in fines. They are serious and must be aggressively fought. This case also illustrates the consequences of long probation sentences — which can result in additional legal hassles long after a defendant has paid for his crime.