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3 accused of possessing stolen copper tubing in Forked River

People tend to presume, often wrongly, that allegations of property crime come about only because the accused was somehow greedy. Greediness, however, is only one reason people find themselves faced with theft-related charges. Sometimes sheer poverty and drug addiction are factors that should be taken into account in a person's defense. In other cases, prosecutors press charges even when there isn't sufficient evidence to find a defendant guilty.

Three young people will need a strong criminal defense after being accused of possessing stolen property. Police claim that a 20-year-old and two 19-year-olds were in possession of copper tubing and air compressor coils stolen from a Forked River restaurant's air conditioning units.

According to authorities, the investigation that led to the men's arrests started on Feb. 1, when a patrolling officer noticed several damaged air conditioning units at the restaurant. Two days later, someone from the restaurant called police to report that three people were in the restaurant's parking lot. The witness told police that the individuals were taking items out of a nearby wooded area and putting the items in a truck.

The caller also followed the truck when it left the parking lot, and the three young men now facing charges were arrested by police in the parking lot of a different restaurant. The truck was impounded, and one of the 19-year-olds was being held in jail on a bail of $10,000, and the other two men were processed and given criminal summonses.

All three defendants may want to look into their legal options for minimizing the negative impact of the arrests.

Source: Lacey Patch, "Three Men Arrested In Lacey For Stealing Property At Rella's Restaurant," Tom Davis, Feb. 5, 2014

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