Credit card use triggers charges of theft in Pennsylvania

Two men in Pennsylvania were charged with theft after credit cards from a stolen purses was used. Around 1 p.m. on July 26, in Bellwood near Main Street, a woman reported that her purse had been stolen. According to the woman, the window in her car had been broken and her purse taken while she was inside a restaurant. Nearly an hour later, a purse was taken from another parked car, this one off West 10th Street in Tyrone.

Two men in a white Dodge Caravan were reported to the police. One of the men was allegedly seen taking the stolen property out of the vehicle on 10th St. After police were able to obtain surveillance footage, a bulletin was sent out. Approximately an hour and 20 minutes later, a credit card from one of the stolen purses was used.

By 4:30 p.m., less than four hours after the first purse reported stolen, the police had both men in custody. The two men involved were a 32-year-old Altoona man and a 17 year old. The Altoona man allegedly confessed, and he was charged with a variety of theft related charges, including theft from a motor vehicle and theft by unlawful taking. Charges against the 17-year-old are forthcoming, and he has been released to his mother.

While theft charges may not always carry heavy sentences, any conviction that results in a criminal record is a serious charge. A criminal defense attorney's job is to provide the best defense they can for their client. Even after an individual has confessed, it may be possible to get an acquittal. A defense attorney can move to suppress the confession if it was obtained in an illegal way or if the defendant wasn't properly informed of his rights beforehand.

Source: Altoona Mirror, "Pair arrested in purse thefts", Greg Bock, July 27, 2013

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