For law enforcement officials and media sources, any time that there are more than one individual involved in more than one incident, it becomes a "ring" or a "scam" or a "partnership." That name has been given to four men from Seattle who were arrested this week after Washington law enforcement officials claimed that they were involved in a "burglary ring."
A criminal burglary suspect is currently recovering from two gunshot wounds after reportedly being shot by the owner of a King County home. The suspect was said to be in critical condition directly after the shooting, but his current condition is not known.
When Washington police officers locate a suspect after several days or weeks of searching, that person is usually in an unusual or unexpected place. However, the following story may take the cake for the strangest place in which a person of interest is found. After a week of searching for a man who was wanted in connection with an alleged burglary, Washington police officers finally located him: hiding inside of a couch.
A former football player who turned pro after a successful college career at Washington State University will now spend the next year undergoing intense drug treatment as part of a criminal sentence for burglary and drug crimes. Unlike other defendants facing such a sentence, former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf seems to be looking forward to his treatment, telling the judge that the time he has already spent in jail has been a "sanctuary" after several years of drug addiction and abuse.
Last year, there was a 5.4 percent increase in reported burglaries in King County. In a purported effort to halt and reverse the so-called 'burglary epidemic,' county prosecutors have begun to seek heightened sentences for some of the alleged repeat offenders that they believe are behind a majority of the thefts.
Experienced criminal defense lawyers do their best to place the facts of any particular case in the light most favorable to the client. As one recent burglary case shows, however, there are times when no amount of lipstick will hide an ugly fact.
The man who evaded police officers for several years and grew to notoriety as the "Barefoot Bandit" was recently sentenced to more than six years in jail. The sentence, which will run concurrently with another seven-year jail sentence, came after the 20-year-old man pleaded guilty to more than 40 felony-level theft crimes including burglary, robbery and other offenses.
Two Seattle men have pleaded guilty to burglary for allegedly breaking into several businesses and stealing computers and other electronic equipment. However, their guilty plea does not mean they have reached the end of their legal trouble. Both men still face federal charges for allegedly hacking into the companies' computer systems in an attempt to steal business and personal information.
A King County man will serve an "exceptional sentence" of eight years in jail after pleading guilty to multiple theft crimes throughout the county. He may also be sentenced to more years in jail upon the completion of court proceedings for several additional burglary and theft charges in Whatcom County.
Not many alleged burglars reach the level of notoriety at which their plea deal requires them to give their victims a portion of any book or film rights that they receive for telling the story of their crimes. However, a person who becomes known internationally as the "Barefoot Bandit" after allegedly running barefoot from more than 30 burglaries is not the average criminal defendant, it seems.