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Roxbury Woman Arrested for Stealing from Braintree’s Lord & Taylor

The Quincy Patriot Ledger reports that a 42 year old Roxbury woman will be arraigned today in Quincy District Court for stealing over $450 in clothing from Lord & Taylor at the South Shore Mall in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Maria Tavares, of Roxbury, Massachusetts, allegedly attempted to conceal a dress, jeans and other clothing at the Lord & Taylor store without paying before leaving. She will be charged with Larceny Over $250 in Quincy District Court.

Under Massachusetts law, stealing is defined as the wrongful taking of the personal property of another with the intent to deprive that person of such property permanently. The ‘taking and carrying away’ of the property is accomplished by the physical transfer of the property from the other person’s control to his/her own, without regard if the transfer involved only slight movement, or if it lasted only for a short time.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266, Section 30, is the criminal statute which governs Larceny by Stealing, which provides for a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in state prison or up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections, along with a fine of up to $25,000.

In these harsh economic times, crimes involving property and money are on the rise. I recently read a report that indicated that in just the first two months of 2010, crimes involving theft of money or property have already matched the total number of similar cases for 2009. In my own criminal defense practice, I have also seen a significant increase in cases involving property crimes such as Larceny, Armed Robbery, and Unarmed Robbery.

If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony involving a theft crime, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has the skills to defend your case and fight for your freedom.

Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 and offers a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options. To schedule a free consultation, call 617-325-9500 or e-mail him directly.