Thieves lived off jewelry heists, casino robbery (Sam Spital)

COMMENTARY BY San Diego Theft Defense and Criminal Attorney Sam Spital:

“The UT San Diego news reported on December 3, 2012 two leaders of the robbery of multiple high-end jewelry stores and a casino in San Diego were found guilty and now face sentencing. Their crime spree began about a year ago and it was alleged their ‘team’ seized millions of dollars worth of merchandise and cash. Besides Barona Casino, Ben Bridge Jewerlers in Fashion Valley, they targeted expensive jewelry boutiques in malls throughout California, including Santa Clara, Riverside and Orange County.

The article did not include any statements made by the criminal defense counsel, such as either defendant expressing remorse, recognition of wrongdoing, their presentation of closing arguments and/or mitigation. It is likely the sentence will be life in prison. Whether print, broadcast or electronic, the news media in large part fails to provide a balanced account in reporting crimes so that the public is more fully informed.”

–Sam Spital

Thieves steal 16 fire hydrants from Redlands streets (Sam Spital)

“The Los Angeles Times on September 17, 2012 reported the neighboring community of Redlands Police Department are investigating a theft of approximately sixteen fire hydrants, valued at approximately $40,000. It is believed the fire hydrants were stolen for scrap metal; however, the risk to the public far outweighs any economic value since the Fire Department requires the hydrants in order to properly fight fire. As the price for metal continues to rise and there are serious economic problems facing a growing portion of the public, it seems some individuals are resorting to crime by stealing, among other things, fire hydrants, backflow devices and hydrants. At the same time, there are employers throughout California that have job openings that they are challenged to find applicants.

There are currently two Senate Bills in California awaiting the Governor’s signature that would make it a misdemeanor crime for junk dealers and recyclers to possess fire hydrants and manhole covers, as well as to hold them responsible for the costs of repair and/or replacement.”

SAM SPITAL, Criminal Defense Lawyer