Theft is defined as the unlawful taking of another's property and is one of the highest invasions of property rights. In some cases, a person you know and trust may take what is rightfully yours without any warning or indication. The most vulnerable victims of theft crimes are often vehicle owners who leave their vehicles unattended for significant periods of time or in remote places without security. Attempted theft can occur when the suspect makes a substantial step toward the commission of a theft or is found in dangerous proximity with instrumentalities normally used in connection with a theft. The instrumentalities need not be illegal by themselves, but the question would be determined by a jury under the "totality of the circumstances" as to whether an attempted theft occurred.
The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that a Moosic man has been charged by Moosic police with attempted theft of a motor vehicle after allegedly trying to enter a vehicle occupied by undercover police officers. Undercover Moosic police were in a parked SUV at 4:00 a.m. Saturday and said they watched the suspect approach and then open the door to the vehicle they were in. The suspect was found in possession of a screwdriver, wire cutters and a pocketknife.
Whether in Scranton, Hazelton, Honesdale, Tunkhannock, or Stroudsburg, or anywhere in NEPA, the first step in securing a fair trial is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today.