BURGLARS UNIDENTIFIED AT PRESENT BUT A CLEAR VIDEO RECORDING EXISTS
A recent News4Jax story is attempting to help catch to car burglars who were captured on home security surveillance system. The report states that the car burglaries took place on Jacksonville’s Northside. As is often common in car burglary cases, the car doors were unlocked. The two men were recorded pulling on car handles, and if unlocked, the two would enter the cars and start rummaging throughout the cars looking for anything of value. The story stresses to homeowners the importance of removing valuables from your motor vehicles as well as to make sure your car door are locked.
Car burglaries are becoming an all too popular crime. They can certainly be labeled as a crime of opportunity in that the individuals committing the crimes almost always try and seek cars that have unlocked doors. The crime is often referred to as “Car Hopping.” The suspects often times pick areas with lots of cars such as an apartment complex or hotel parking lot. It only takes one car left unlocked that contains a laptop, I-Pad, or law enforcement’s biggest concern, a firearm. Thefts and Car Burglaries also tend to rise in the summer time. Law Enforcement typically blames the correlation on the amount of juveniles out of school for the summer. It is typically a crime committed by juveniles and it is almost always committed with several juveniles working together.
The News4Jax story posted still shots captured on the security cameras of the individuals in the recent car burglary story. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will likely receive tips as to the two individuals based on the still shots. Once identified, the Sheriff’s Office will likely seek a warrant from the State Attorney’s Office for their arrest. The Sheriff’s Office will also have spoken to the owner of the cars to determine what personal property was stolen. A pawn search can be conducted once the specific items are determined missing to see if any of the stolen property was in fact pawned. A serial number is normally the easiest way to prove an item belonging to the victim was pawned.
The charges the two individuals face in the event they are properly identified is Burglary to a Structure or Conveyance, a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000.00 fine. To prove the crime of Burglary to a Conveyance the State of Florida is required to prove two elements beyond a reasonable doubt. First the State must prove that the suspect entered a conveyance owned by or in the possession of the victim. Second, the State must prove at the time of entering the conveyance, the suspect had the intent to commit a crime within that conveyance.What is important to point out regarding the elements of the crime is that for someone to be found guilty of a burglary the State must prove an individual had the intent to commit a crime within the car. The State will rely on the security camera showing the individuals rummaging through the vehicles as well as the victim’s testimony regarding what items are now missing from the car. Continue reading