Virginia Man Arrested & Charged for Construction Site Thefts
Multiple state law enforcement agencies collaborated to arrest a Virginia man for the theft of approximately $170,000 in construction site materials, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror.
After receiving reports of stolen materials from several construction companies in the Dulles South Station region, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Prince William County Police Department commenced a collaborative investigation. On April 20th, these law enforcement agencies completed their case by arresting a 35-year-old Virginia man from Manassas.
According to official statements, the Virginia man allegedly stole 11,000 pounds of construction materials and 428 concrete molds. He also allegedly attempted to sell the stolen construction materials to a local company that specializes in metal scrapping.
As a result of this incident, the Virginia man faces 12 felony counts — six for grand larceny and six for larceny with intent to sell. After his arrest and detention at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, the Virginia man secured his release on a personal recognizance bond.
Although this Virginia man is not confined presently, he will have to face all 12 felony counts in criminal court. While this man awaits the next steps in his legal case, it feels appropriate to review Virginia laws governing grand larceny and larceny with intent to sell.
Code of Virginia Section 18.2-95 provides the state definition of, and punishment for, grand larceny. Under this section, a person commits grand larceny if they:
- Steal $5 or more directly from the person or presence of another;
- Steal $500 or more outside of the person or presence of another; or
- Steal any firearm, regardless of value or circumstance, from another.
Any person who commits grand larceny is guilty of a felony under Section 18.2-95. The punishment for this felony includes one to 20 years in prison and $2,500 in criminal fines, either or both.
Larceny with Intent to Sell
Code of Virginia Section 18.2-108.01 outlines the state definition of, and punishment for, larceny with intent to sell. Under this section, it is unlawful to commit larceny of $500 or more and then sell or attempt to sell the stolen property in question. In this context, theft of multiple items of the same product is considered evidence of an intent to sell.
Any person who commits larceny with intent to sell is guilty of a felony under Section 18.2-108.01. The punishment for this felony includes two to 20 years in prison.
Do You Need Legal Help?
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