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Houston in top 10 cities for organized retail crime

Posted on June 6th, 2012 No Comments

Houston ranks in the top ten cities in the nation for organized retail theft, according to the National Retail Federation‘s Organized Retail Crime Survey.

The group describes organized retail crime as “theft/fraudulent activity conducted with the intent to convert illegally obtained merchandise, cargo, cash, or cash equivalent into financial gain (no personal use), typically through their online or offline sales.” The survey uncovered that 96% of retailers in the Houston area have experienced such crimes.

Other cities in the top ten include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas.

Organized retail crime is just one type of theft that can result in serious criminal charges. If you are being accused of theft, contact the theft defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404.

Houston teen robs gas station, escapes on bike

Posted on March 8th, 2012 No Comments

On Saturday morning around 6:30 a.m. a gas station near Sam Houston Parkway was robbed by a Houston teenager.

Houston Police have said that the teenager entered the store and went straight to the cash register. He was allegedly carrying a knife in his hand while he prompted the gas station employee to give him the money in the drawer.

After the teen was handed the money by the employee, he left the gas station on a bicycle. The employee told police that the thief was approximately 16-years-old, weighing around 150 pounds. The identity of the teenager is still unknown, and Houston Police are currently investigating the details of the crime.

If you have been arrested for theft, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the Houston theft lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. by calling 713-523-0404 today.

NICB says Texas has most heavy equipment theft

Posted on September 8th, 2011 No Comments

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Texas had the most heavy equipment theft of any other state in 2010.  The NICB report covers the most expensive types of equipment.

In 2010, the most frequently stolen heavy equipment were bulldozers, brush chippers, backhoes, backhoes/loaders, forklifts, loaders, tractor-wheel types, tractor-track types, and excavators.  Loaders were the most frequently stolen piece of heavy equipment of all.

The NICB also listed the top cities for heavy equipment theft.  Last year, Houston had the second most heavy equipment thefts just behind Miami.  Also on this list in Texas was Conroe at number 4.

Nationwide, a total of 6,474 thefts of heavy equipment were reported in 2010.  1, 023 of these were in Texas and 121 were in Houston.

If you have been charged with theft and are looking for experienced legal representation to defend you, contact the Houston theft defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about how we can help you.

Police notice hair weave theft trend

Posted on June 2nd, 2011 No Comments

Police across the county have noticed that hair weaves are now considered to be commonly stolen, expensive items similar to jewelry, car parts, or electronics.  Today, the hair weave and extension industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.

A salon in Houston was recently robbed of $150,000 worth of hair weaves and extensions.  Another store in Texas had $85,000 of their products stolen.

Other instances of thousands of dollars worth of hair weave theft have been reported in locations all over the United States including San Diego, New York City, Los Angeles, and Michigan.

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft in Houston, contact the Houston theft defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 and set up and appointment to meet with one of our attorneys today.

Community calls on law enforcement after rise in burglaries

Posted on November 10th, 2010 No Comments

A recent rise in burglaries in the Sunnyside Gardens neighborhood on Houston’s south side has caused community members to ask for increased law enforcement in the area.  Compared to 2009, burglaries in the area are up by 11 percent.  From January to September in 2009, there were 339 burglaries in the area and 375 for the same time period in 2010.

Community members say that the rise in burglaries is a result of an increase in vacant properties in the area.  Since September, the area has had 30 burglaries and police have tried to pay more attention to the neighborhood.  Houston Police Department Assistant Chief of Police Daniel Perales stated, “Officers have been able to successfully arrest and charge several suspects and we are continuing the investigation in order to arrest and charge additional suspects”.

Contact the Houston theft attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 if you or someone you know has been charged with theft or burglary.

Harris County police crackdown on organized retail crime

Posted on September 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Harris County officials have taken notice of an increased number of incidents involving organized retail crime in the Houston area.  According to county statistics, 89 percent of Harris County retailers are victims of organized retail crime.  The most common items stolen are designer clothing, electronics, over-the-counter drugs, and baby formula.  Organized criminals then try to sell items for a profit.

Billboards and signs on cabs reading “Stop Organized Retail Crime” will soon be appearing all over Houston.  Police believe the public’s recognition is key to lowering the amount of organized retail crime in the county.  Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia stated, “We’re talking about folks who are actually putting millions of dollars of a dent into our local economy and are  challenging these particular retailers who employ hundreds of people across the Harris County community”.

If you or someone you know has been charged with organized retail theft, contact the Houston theft defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.