27-year-old Pennsylvania man charged with theft from minivan

A 27-year-old man from Leetsdale was recently arrested for conspiring to break into a minivan that was impounded at an auto lot. The suspect is accused of theft crimes, criminal mischief, defiant trespass and four additional, related offenses. A co-defendant faces charges in the same incident.

Law enforcement personnel said that he confessed to aiding a companion on Feb. 8 by acting as a lookout while his accomplice broke into the vehicle and took cash and drugs that were inside. He watched while the co-defendant broke the rear window, crawled inside and took two packages of heroin. In return for his help, the suspect was given $100 and a brick of heroin.

A criminal defense attorney might stress the defendant's minor role in the crime to argue for lesser charges in such a case. The prosecution could consider reduced penalties in exchange for a guilty plea to reduced charges in some cases.

When someone commits crimes in exchange for payment in drugs, it may indicate that they have a drug problem. They may need to attend substance abuse treatment in order to overcome an addiction and learn how to live a clean and sober lifestyle. In some cases, the prosecution looks at a suspect's need for counseling and will waive time in custody if the defendant successfully attends, complies with and completes treatment. An attorney might be able to provide the client with advice regarding options in treatment programs that work with the client's budget and schedule and meet court requirements.

Source: Sewickley Patch, "Leetsdale Man Faces Criminal Mischief Charges in Vehicle Break-in," Larissa Dudkiewicz, March 4, 2013

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