Recently an office park in the Northside of Jacksonville was raided by copper thieves. More than 36 air conditioner units were opened and the copper was stolen out of them. Many times, the thieves sell the copper at scrap metal yards.
If they did sell the copper in Florida, in addition to being charged with Grand Theft, they could also be charged with 2008->Ch0812->Section%20019#0812.019″target=”_blank”>Dealing in Stolen Property. In order to be convicted of Dealing in Stolen Property, the prosecutor must prove that:
1. You bought or sold the copper.
2. You knew or should have known the copper was stolen.
The charge is a second degree felony and is punishable for up to 15 years in prison.
If you have any questions about theft charges in Jacksonville, call our Jacksonville Theft Attorneys at (904) 634-0900.