Criminal Justice Crimes Against Property

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Heather E. Dahl
11/19/2012 CRJ105 Crimes against Property Steven Holeman

By the narrowest and oldest definition, the trespassory breaking and entering of the dwelling house of another in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony. Also, the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft.

On November 13th 2012 a 31-year-old man is behind bars after police say the he burglarized a Kmart and was caught red-handed. According to police the suspect, identified as Devon Eugene Bolton, Jr. of Hampton VA forced his way into a side door and took jewelry and electronics. Bolton was arrested and charged with burglary, grand larceny, possession of burglary tools and felony vandalism he remains incarcerated in the Hampton City Jail. This offender was recently released from the prison in which I work at here in Chesapeake VA. This case was unique to me because this was an offender whom had been through many cognitive community programs and rehabilitation classes. It is obvious to me that upon the Offender’s release he did not have a good family support system or live in an area that lacked crime, in fact Hampton VA has a very high crime rate when compared to other cities which led him back to his old ways.

I believe that the economy that we live in today has a lot to do with the reason for burglary. There is no excuse for it but when an offender exhausts his/her efforts in trying to find employment and is denied he/she feels that stealing/burglarizing is the only way that they have to support oneself. Of course this is not the answer and the offender chose the wrong tools to use in order to resolve his hardships however, he chose to go back to his old way of thinking and this...
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