Georgia Church Theft and Burglary Charges against Gospel Musicians
Two 28-year-old male gospel singers have been charged with nine counts of “theft by taking” and nine counts of burglary in Georgia. A News4Jax report discusses that law enforcement utilized a search warrant to arrest the individuals after receiving a tip that linked the men to nine church burglaries in central Georgia.
The men are being accused of stealing music equipment, including microphones, speakers, and various other materials, amounting to approximately $100,000. When officials searched the homes of the men, music equipment was found inside as well as in the men’s vehicles. However, the report did not mention additional information regarding the exact equipment that was discovered.
Under Georgia Code 16-8-2, the crime of “theft by taking” in Georgia occurs when an individual “unlawfully takes or, being in lawful possession thereof, unlawfully appropriates any property of another with the intention of depriving him of the property, regardless of the manner in which the property is taken or appropriated.”
While theft and burglary crimes in Georgia are serious matters that should not be taken lightly by those accused, individuals who have been charged with such offenses have valid and important Constitutional rights. It is vital for arrested persons to be aware of these rights so as not to have any potential violations go unnoticed. Georgia theft defense attorneys will also work to ensure that an accused person’s rights are upheld and defended, thus contributing to a fair and just trial.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a theft offense in Georgia, the aggressive Atlanta defense lawyers can help.