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What Is Felony Petty Theft?
There is a statute of the California Penal Code, section 666, that someone who has previously been convicted of a theft-related crime in the past can be charged with a felony rather than a misdemeanor. Felony petty theft (it's official name is petty theft with a prior) is a much more serious offense as it carries much larger fines and potentially state prison time.
Felony petty theft has been a California law since 1872, however, it became much more prominent when it was voted into effect in as referendum Proposition 184, part of the three strikes law of 1994. There are cases in which a person convicted of two previous felony charges has been charged with a felony for a minor shoplifting incident. If, in a circumstance such as this, any of the previous felony charges were theft related, then the sentence for the felony petty theft is a mandatory 25 years to life in prison. This means that in a circumstance such as this, someone could go to prison for 25 years for stealing a pair of jeans.
This may seem quite unfair and has naturally received much criticism, both in the United States and around the globe. There were many court challenges to cases involving the three strikes law up until 2004 and there was a ballot measure that would have eliminated this felony petty theft law known as Proposition 66, however is was rejected by California voters on 2 November, 2004. It was also opposed by the majority of law-enforcement agencies and by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The main reason the felony petty theft Proposition 66 was so heavily opposed is that it would retroactively re-sentence every person convicted on third strike offenses, consequently releasing violent criminals to be released from prison.
How To File A Stolen Property Police Report
The first step in any occurrence of theft is to report the incident to the police immediately. This helps you recover the stolen item if it gets confiscated and helps with an insurance claim process on the account an official police report is required to file a claim.
Here are the general steps to file a police report:
- Call the non-emergency phone number for the local police station or law enforcement agency where the item was stolen.
- Obtain the physical address and go to the police station or law enforcement agency.
- Once there, go to the stolen property department if applicable.
- While creating a stolen property police report it's important to provide the theft detective or clerk with as many details as possible, especially the item's serial number, any identifying marks or stickers. Also include when, where and how the item was stolen.
- Once you have completed the report, be sure to obtain a copy and retain it for follow-up and recovery.
It's important to file a police report for theft, no matter how big, small or valuable the stolen item is, because it helps the police know a thief's (or thieves) M.O. and to control theft by using crime data to increase patrol in areas with a high or rising crime rate. Sometimes an area's theft rate can skyrocket because people don't report theft incidents because the stolen item isn't of high monetary value. This is called petty theft and is how a petty thief can continue stealing because the police are not made aware of their activity.
How To Report A Stolen Property Online
Get the world on your case! Here are the steps to create an online Stolen Property report for free:
- If not yet registered, click the "Register" link at the top right-hand side of the page or click the "Report" button at page top.
- Enter your information and click the "Register" button.
- Open the email account used for registration, open the verification email and click the link in the email body or copy and paste it in your browser address bar and press the "Enter" or "Return" key.
- Log in to the Stolen Lost Found Online website
- Click the "Report" link in the main navigation bar or the "Report" button at page top.
- Select the appropriate category.
- Select the appropriate sub-category.
- Select to post as Stolen.
- Enter as much information about the Stolen Property as possible - the make, model and serial number are especially important. Also helpful are any identifying marks and photos if available.
- Click the "Submit" button.
That's it. Once the Stolen Property report is submitted it will post on Stolen Lost Found Online immediately and will appear on the search engines within a day. By reporting online you literally make a world of difference for recovering your Stolen Property, long into the future.
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