Purse Snatching in Miami on the Rise
Stealing purses can be a lucrative business, and that is one of the reasons why this theft crime is on the rise in Miami. The Miami Police have asked for help catching a purse snatcher who has been seen as violent and has been pictured in a recently released surveillance videos. The man, a black male approximately 5’9” and 19-20 years of age, reportedly fought a woman for her purse and knocked her on the head, body slamming her to the ground.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the total economic loss to victims of purse snatching in 2008 was around 3 million in gross losses. The average victim lost an average of $110 from having their purse stolen, and there were over 28,400 crimes of this nature reported that year. This was significantly lower than the number of incidents of purse snatching or picket-pocketing in 2003, which were around 182,000.
The main difference between most purse snatching incidents and thefts involving pickpockets is that purse snatching most commonly occurs when the victim is alone. Talented pickpockets are able to tell from a distance who has money, and they are more likely to strike in crowded areas. Pickpockets will usually pick victims who seem oblivious, lost or distracted as opposed to those who are confident and aware of their surroundings.
In another incident in Miami, a man drove up and stole the purse out of the passenger seat of a car while the owner and her daughter were inside. The man walked calmly back to his car and drove away, and the police are still looking for him. Police estimate that at least half of pickpocketing incidents are never reported at all and most people just assume that they lost their money, purse or wallet. However, police are reporting a trend in these cases where simple snatches are turning into violent grabs that result in injury or death.
When an individual is accused of purse snatching or another theft crime, they will be charged with petit theft or grand theft depending on the amount of money that was taken. Petit theft crimes involve the taking of property valued at no more than $300, and a theft conviction can result in jail or prison time, fines, probation, restitution and other penalties. If you have been charged with a theft crime, you should consider seeking the advice and counsel of a Miami criminal defense lawyer. These charges can be difficult to fight in court and it is important to have a legal professional on your side who has a thorough understanding of the law.
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