The Ewing Police Department is still investigating the burglary of a Metro PCS store that occurred last month. According to the reports, the suspect was rather brazing as he made entry into the Metro PCS on North Olden Avenue. It is alleged that he shattered the front window of the store to gain entry. Once climbing through the front window the suspected headed directly to the cash register, where he removes a sum of cash. The suspect then heads to the shelves and grabs a blue tooth speaker before exiting the store. The Ewing Police Department is still searching for the suspect and are asking the public for help. Apparently, at the time of the incident the suspect was wearing a red Arizona Cardinals hat. The entire incident is captured on surveillance video. If the suspect is ever apprehended he will most likely be charged with shoplifting in the third degree, burglary in the third degree, trespassing in the fourth degree, theft of moveable property in the third degree and criminal mischief in the third degree.
Burglary vs. Robbery Charges in Ewing NJ
The most serious charge the suspect could be facing is the third degree burglary. A burglary charge is in essence the unlawful entry into a building and/or structure with the purpose to commit an offense therein. So, in this case the unlawful entry would be the suspects entry into the building and the offense that completes the burglary is theft and/or shoplifting. This offense is often times confused with the offense of robbery. Outside of the theft aspect, the offense of robbery is a totally separate offenses. In order to be charged with a robbery in New Jersey, the suspect would in essence have to be alleged that in order to complete the theft the suspect had to either use force or at least the threat of force. For more information on robbery charges in Mercer County, please click the link.
If the suspect is ever apprehended and charged with a third degree burglary they will be facing the following penalties. A potential five year prison sentences, a fine up to $35,000 and a felony criminal record.
Burglary Charges in Ewing New Jersey
Being charged with a criminal offense can be stressful. However, hiring the right attorney, one who not only has a firm grasp of criminal law in New Jersey but one who is also familiar with the court can go a long way to alleviating the stress. At Keith Oliver Criminal Law, we fully understand that our clients needs will always vary depending on who our clients are. As such, we pride ourselves on being able to adapt to fulfill whatever those needs may be, whether it be a trial, suppression hearing or negotiating a favorable plea. We defend clients charged with a wide variety of offenses in Ewing Township, including the following, assault charges, drug charges, shoplifting charges, DWI charges and burglary charges. For more information on those types of charges, please click the link.