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Tow Truck Driver Facing Theft Charges


A Florida tow truck driver is facing various charges associated with using a dead man’s bank card. According to reports, the victim was killed in an auto accident, and the suspect towed the wreck to an autobody shop. The suspect allegedly stated that he was not thinking when he took the victim’s credit card and used it to pay his own overdue car payment. The activity was discovered by the victim’s wife when she noticed the charges on the credit card after the victim’s death.

Theft – Grand Versus Petit

Among other charges, the suspect in this case has been charged with grand theft. In Florida, the definition for theft in general is set forth in Florida Statute Section 812.014. Depending upon its classification as either a felony or misdemeanor, theft is broken down into grand theft and petit theft. Within the category of grand theft, the value of the property taken will dictate the degree of the crime.

  • For theft of property that is valued over $100,000, the charge is grand theft in the first degree.
  • Theft of property valued at less than $100,000 but more than $20,000 is second degree grand theft.
  • If the property is valued at less than $20,000 but more than $300, the crime is classified as grand theft in the third degree. This classification is also used if any specific items of a somewhat eclectic list are stolen, including firearms, fire extinguishers, quantities of citrus fruit, stop signs, controlled substances, and certain farm animals.

Certain factors, if present, such as the use of an automobile, or causing property damage in an amount over $1,000 during the commission of the crime automatically allow for the crime to be prosecuted as a first degree grand theft regardless of the value of the goods that were actually taken. Petit theft, by way of comparison, is prosecuted as a misdemeanor and includes any theft that does not fall into the categories set forth within the statute as a felony. In cases in which the property is valued between $100 and $300, the crime is charged as a first degree petit theft.  Additionally, classifications may be heightened in some cases for repeat offenders.

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