According to the Plano Police, smash and grab burglaries appear to be on
the rise. In the year 2013, the department arrested 16 people of car break-ins.
Many of these suspects were also suspected to have ties with a crime ring
that is operating out of Florida.
The police say that their research reveals a drop in smash and grab car
burglaries that started in January and continued through mid-April. Since
then, the police say that they've seen 20 cases.
No arrests have been made in these cases. The police say that the criminals
seem to be looking for women that leave their purses behind when they
go to day cares, parks, gyms and other locations. The thieves have been
driving high-end vehicles such as Infinitis, BMWs and Lexuses.
In these car-robbery situations, individuals smash a window and grab loot
from the car before running off. Because the crime is quick and the individuals
are often disguised under hoodies or with masks, it can be hard to catch
the offenders. This can lead to mis-accusations when an individual are
charged with a crime simply because they were in the wrong place at the
wrong time or resemble the offenders.
In Texas, car burglaries are sentenced similarly to normal burglaries.
An offender convicted of burglary of a vehicle in the state is normally
charged with a "Class A" misdemeanor. This carries a minimum
jail sentence of six months. This crime can be elevated to a state jail
felony if the defendant has been convicted of car burglaries two or more
times in the past.
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