As crazy as it may sound, a recent Utah residence burglary was solved after the victims went to their neighbor’s yard sale.
The man having the sale allowed the victims and police access to his garage and home, where several familiar items were present. His story was that a friend brought the items to him for the yard sale. Not surprisingly, the friend pointed his finger at the first man, saying he’d given him the instructions to enter the vacationing victims’ home. Both men have been charged with burglary and theft, each serious felonies.
What is Burglary?
Burglary occurs when someone enters or illegally stays in any part of a building with the intent to commit:
• A felony
• Sexual battery
• Lewdness involving a child
Since this alleged burglary took place in a person’s residence, the charge is increased from a third-degree to a second-degree felony. If someone commits burglary and any of the other crimes listed, they will be considered separate crimes and charged individually.
Theft in Utah
If someone commits the crime of theft, the prosecution will base the charge on Utah law which tends to classify the level based on the amount of property stolen. If the value of the stolen property is $5000 or more, the charge will be a second-degree felony.
If you’ve run up against the law and are facing criminal charges, you need the representation of a top Utah criminal defense attorney. Make that important phone call today.