Broward sheriff’s detectives say Ignatius “Michael” Pollara, and he’s suspected of being one of South Florida’s most prolific shoplifters. His criminal case is one that leaves even veteran law enforcement officers shaking their heads in disbelief.The investigation began when nearly 900 of Lego sets vanished midday from the Toys R Us store in Boynton Beach. Before it was over, authorities would be tailing the alleged mastermind believed to have stolen more than 2 million toys from Toys R Us stores from Maine to California. He has claimed he accomplished his personal goal of stealing in all 50 states.
Theft is a wide, blanket term for any crime that involves the theft of goods or money. Theft includes crimes like grand theft, larceny, embezzlement, shoplifting, and robbery. Florida Theft crimes are classified by the intentional act of taking property or money that belongs to another person without the consent of the person to whom the property or money belongs.
Shoplifting crimes are on the rise throughout Florida, and as seen in this and other cases like it, shoplifters are of all ages and sometimes may be the employees of the store themselves. Shoplifters may work in teams or by themselves and will execute thefts with predetermined moves, using distractions, sleight of hand, and marking blind spots in security camera viewing range in order to steal items, sometimes very costly.
Other theft cases that often happen in stores and on the street, being currently one of the most common theft crimes, is, the charge is robbery by sudden snatching, the intentional and unlawful taking of property or money from another’s person. There is no requirement that the State prove that force, violence, or threats were used in the course of the taking. As a result, a pick-pocket, purse-snatcher, or cell-phone snatcher would be equally guilty of Robbery by Sudden Snatching.
Where one is grilled with questions from a those who one has allegedly stolen from and eventually police officers who may or may not put words in one’s mouth, automatically believing one stole from a store, car or dwelling, many times making innocence hard to prove. Regardless of one’s innocence, the officer will side with the victim, many times because of all of the previous shoplifting and theft cases they have seen.
Proving a person was involved in a theft crime may still be difficult without eye witness accounts, video surveillance, fingerprints, DNA or other proof. But many of these pieces of evidence can be disproven and the credibility of witnesses, especially co-defendants who accept reduced plea deals, can be questioned. An aggressive Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney understands the severity of the penalties and what must go into defending these charges.
If one is in such a situation and one obtains an experienced attorney, one’s attorney will be able to challenge the evidence against one, including witness testimony, questioning the conduct and manner of the arrest or search, or how evidence was processed by law enforcement.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: South Florida man accused of shoplifting more than $2 million in toys, MENAFN.com