A woman was arrested in connection with a Burbank theft in one of several similar incidents involving personal property thefts from local elementary schools. The woman, who has not yet been charged, is suspected of entering Bret Harte Elementary School last month and taking a credit card and cash from a teacher’s purse in an unoccupied classroom. Later, the woman apparently used the credit card while shopping in Burbank and Glendale.
Burbank theft resembles other local theft complaints
Although similar incidents occurred in La Crescenta and El Segundo, and at the Emerson Elementary School in Burbank, theft charges have not yet been filed in those cases either. According to police, the arrested woman is not associated with any school that has been targeted. In the Bret Harte Elementary School case, police used video surveillance images from both the school and a store to link the woman to the Burbank theft. The woman was identified, and an arrest warrant was issued, but charges in the case are still pending.
Theft charges in California depend largely upon the circumstances, and the value of the item taken. Petty theft (that is, theft of items whose value is low) and retail fraud are classified as misdemeanors. Convictions on these crimes can bring a sentence of up to 6 months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.
Other aggravating factors can elevate theft charges from petty theft to grand theft. When that happens, defendants can face state prison terms and increased fines
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