Recently, a woman shopping at Walmart in Stevenson Ranch was arrested after she tried to leave the store without paying. According to reports, the woman was attempting to push a full cart out of the store when the loss prevention employees stopped her. They called the police and, when they showed up, the woman was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and petty theft. The value of the items in the cart was estimated to be $1,400.
Which Laws Cover Theft?
Petty theft is covered under California Penal Code 484 PC and is described as stealing someone else’s property that is valued at $950 or less. The crime is a misdemeanor that carries the potential sentence of up to six months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $$1,000.
Grand theft is covered under California Penal Code 487 PC and is described as stealing something that is worth over $950, a vehicle or a firearm, or if the theft occurs directly from someone’s person. Most of the time grand theft is considered a “wobbler” which can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the case and the defendant’s prior criminal history.
When charged as a misdemeanor, the penalties include up to 1 year in jail. For felonies, the sentence is increased to 16 months to 3 years behind bars.
How Can Santa Clarita Bail Bonds Help?
If you know someone who has been arrested and taken into custody on petty theft or grand theft charges, and you want to get them out of jail fast, we can help. A licensed, professional bail bondsman at our company is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call and immediately provide you with answers to your questions. If you’d like to get the bail bond process started immediately, we can help you with that as well.
If you’d like to know more about the bail bond process, feel free to contact us at any time.