entering thru unlocked door while home owner in bathroom and stole credit card; seeked back in to return. Repeated 3 times. Charged total of $1500.

Asked on May 23, 2009 under Criminal Law, Maryland


B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I'm not a Maryland attorney, but my research suggests that you are looking at a felony theft charge, maybe more than one.  Theft by any means, over $500, is punishable by up to 15 years in jail and a fine of $25,000, and the money stolen must be repaid.  In some states, a group of smaller thefts can be added together to get a total that meets the felony standard, but that probably isn't even necessary here.

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