Being arrested on
burglary charges can be intimidating because of the seriousness of this type of
charge. A burglary conviction in Pennsylvania can carry a sentence that
may include several years in prison. One person in the state was recently
arrested for burglary, along with several other lesser charges.
In late February, local law enforcement officials said they saw a suspicious
automobile in the parking lot of a recreational trail. They found a 26-year-old
man there and learned that he was wanted in another state on larceny and
burglary charges. Authorities then began to search area businesses and
learned that he had, using a torch, cut holes in security doors made of
steel in order to gain access to the businesses.
According to police, the man then took away merchandise that belonged to
one of the area businesses. The man ended up being charged with prowling
at night, loitering, criminal mischief, theft and burglary. The man was
taken to the county detention facility on a bond of $50,000.
A burglary charge needs to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Otherwise,
the person thought to have committed the crime cannot be found guilty
and sentenced. This standard is intentionally set high so that innocent
individuals are not convicted. The accused person's criminal defense
team may decide to challenge the admissibility of evidence considered
to be suspect as it fights to protect the rights of the accused. This
result may be achieved either by going to trial or by striking a plea
deal with the prosecution in Pennsylvania.
Source: abc27.com, "Man charged in Elizabethtown business burglaries", Myles Snyder, Feb. 20, 2015