Jacksonville FL Grand Theft Auto Investigation After Car Found in Water

Florida Grand Theft Auto Law

Stolen purse leads to discovery of stolen car in Jacksonville FL

If someone steals a purse, this could be Jacksonville petty theft or grand theft.  It depends on the value of the purse and it’s contents. If it is worth less than $300, this is petty theft.  If it is worth $300 or more, the charge is Florida grand theft.  If you have ever had a purse or wallet stolen, you are usually relieved if you get it back.  Even if the money was stolen, you have other items in the purse of value to you.  A Jacksonville woman’s stolen purse was recently returned to her, but it is very strange how it was found.   Jacksonville’s Channel 4 News reported:

“Police said at about 8:30 a.m., a boater saw what was described as a debris field at the boat ramp at 8900 San Jose Blvd.  Personal items such as a purse and ID were found. Police made contact with the owner of the ID, who said her vehicle was reported stolen from Pure Nightclub at 8200 Philips Highway. Her vehicle is a Jeep Liberty.”

After learning this, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office decided to investigate further.  “The JSO dive team responded to conduct a search of the water for the stolen car.  They found a car in the water but it was not the stolen Jeep Liberty.”  Now, the officers are trying to contact the owner of the vehicle that was found near the St. Johns River.

When a person steals a car or motor vehicle, it is grand theft auto.  The Florida grand theft auto law can be found in Florida Statute Section 812.014(2)(c).  It states:

It is grand theft of the third degree and a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, if the property stolen is:

1. Valued at $300 or more, but less than $5,000.

2. Valued at $5,000 or more, but less than $10,000.

3. Valued at $10,000 or more, but less than $20,000.

4. A will, codicil, or other testamentary instrument.

5. A firearm.

6. A motor vehicle, except as provided in paragraph (a).

7. Any commercially farmed animal, including any animal of the equine, bovine, or swine class or other grazing animal; a bee colony of a registered beekeeper; and aquaculture species raised at a certified aquaculture facility. If the property stolen is aquaculture species raised at a certified aquaculture facility, then a $10,000 fine shall be imposed.

8. Any fire extinguisher.

9. Any amount of citrus fruit consisting of 2,000 or more individual pieces of fruit.

10. Taken from a designated construction site identified by the posting of a sign as provided for in s. 810.09(2)(d).

11. Any stop sign.

12. Anhydrous ammonia.

13. Any amount of a controlled substance as defined in s. 893.02. Notwithstanding any other law, separate judgments and sentences for theft of a controlled substance under this subparagraph and for any applicable possession of controlled substance offense under s. 893.13 or trafficking in controlled substance offense under s. 893.135 may be imposed when all such offenses involve the same amount or amounts of a controlled substance.

If you are arrested for grand theft auto, you should contact a Jacksonville criminal attorney about your case.  It is a felony that is taken very seriously in Duval County.  Call (904) 564-2525 to speak to a Jacksonville criminal lawyer about your case.

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