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Woman Arrested on Theft Charges After Taking Selfies in the Hot Merchandise

An Illinois woman was arrested recently on theft charges after she posted selfies wearing stolen merchandise on her Facebook page. Danielle Saxton, of West Frankfort, Illinois allegedly stole a number of designer clothing items from a local boutique. After the spree the suspect and the shop owner took to Facebook.

The owner of the boutique posted photos of the stolen items on the store's Facebook page. Saxton flaunted her alleged theft by posting pictures of herself wearing the items on her own page. People who were privy to Saxton's posts and the posts of the store put two and two together and contacted police regarding the alleged theft.

Saxton was arrested and released on misdemeanor retail theft charges. It is unclear whether or not the stolen items were returned to the boutique and the store owner has not made any comments regarding the case. Saxton will return to court for a hearing regarding her actions in the coming weeks.

Theft can be charged in a variety of ways, depending on the circumstances of the case. In Nevada, an individual who is convicted of theft amounting to a loss of less than $250 will likely face petit theft charges. Likewise, someone who allegedly steals over $250 worth of items will face a grand larceny charge. Similar charging exists when the suspect is a juvenile.

It is important to note that theft charges, like those in this case, are typically limited to shoplifting-type circumstances. More serious theft charges are instituted when force, or threat of force is used, and where someone physically breaks into an establishment or home to take items.

In Nevada, robbery can be charged when someone unlawfully takes someone else's belongings directly from the person, or in their presence, by use of force or threat of force. Robbery is a serious charge that can result in a felony adjudication depending on the circumstances of the case. Someone convicted of robbery in Nevada could be facing up to 15 years in prison.

Likewise, burglary is a serious theft crime which follows a different circumstantial set. Burglary, in Nevada, can also result in a felony adjudication. The crime is committed when someone enters a house or building with the intent to commit larceny. The person need not enter when the establishment is closed for business, it is the intent upon entering that defines the crime. If convicted of burglary in Nevada, a person can be facing up to 15 years in prison.

Consulting an attorney, even if facing minor theft charges, is a smart way to start addressing your case and determining what your options are for addressing the charges. The attorneys at Brown Law Offices have years of experience dealing with theft cases, big and small, and charges for burglary and robbery. Contact our office 24/7 to arrange for a free consultation. (702) 405-0505.