What to do if I was recently accused of stealing a camera from work and trying to pawn it?

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What to do if I was recently accused of stealing a camera from work and trying to pawn it?

I am a frequent buyer/seller at local pawn shops. I am on videotape trying to sell several things, one item in particular, being a camera. The officer investigating left me a message to call him back as there was “a development” in the case. The pawn shop called me and left a message as well. My camera did not sell that day, due to a defect, so I ended up junking it. Can I be arrested for probable cause, because I am attempting to sell a camera at a pawn shop, while at the same time, being investigated for camera theft? Should I speak with a criminal law attorney? in Hartford County, CT.

Asked on September 7, 2011 under Criminal Law, Connecticut

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you are under criminal investigation for the allged theft of a camera from work, you should immediately consult with a criminal defense attorney about the situation. You should not contact the investigating officer in that anything you talk about with him or her can be used against you in any potential criminal proceeding. You should have your retained criminal defense attorney contact the investigating officer on your behalf.

Whether or not charges will be brought against you for the alleged theft of a camera from work lies with whether or not the district attorney's office wishes to file charges based upon the investigating officer's report.

If you were given the return of the camera by the pawn shop, I doubt that you will be arrested for any theft for the simple reason the camera would have been seized as part of a crime by law enforcement if charges were going to be filed against you.

Good luck.


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