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Bay City trio charged in shoplifting incident

Two Bay City residents are facing charges in connection with an alleged shoplifting incident at a Dollar Store in the Michigan town. A woman, her son and an acquaintance have all been implicated in the alleged theft, which occurred during the evening hours of April 5.

Authorities report that the two younger defendants, ages 18 and 23, are accused of taking a variety of items from the store on Lafayette Avenue, including candy, makeup and media items like CDs and DVDs. The younger defendants were allegedly driven away from the store by the teen's 34--year-old mother. Police officers said many of the stolen items were eventually located in the woman's house after a search warrant was executed.

The two younger defendants are facing charges of third-degree retail fraud and conspiracy to commit the fraud. Those charges could land the defendants in jail for more than a year, depending on sentencing provisions. The teen's mother was charged with concealing stolen property; she was not taken into custody.

Court records show that the teen has faced legal troubles in the past. He was sentenced to two years' probation in September 2012 after nearly engaging in a knife fight with a relative. The young man was enrolled in a special program that would have allowed him to avoid a criminal record altogether, providing that he followed certain requirements during the term of his probation. It is not clear whether that status will be redacted because of the pending charges.

The defendants in this case could benefit from consulting with a qualified criminal defense attorney. Legal professionals provide additional information about legal options, and they help preserve defendants' rights throughout the arraignment, plea and sentencing processes. The accused in this case could learn more about their legal rights and defense strategies by enlisting the help of a professional lawyer.

Source: mlive.com, "Bay City mother-son duo, both on probation, linked to dollar store shoplifting," Cole Waterman, April 11, 2013

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