A man was recently arrested for allegedly stealing $20,000 in jewelry from a family friend’s house in Boonton Township, NJ.
A township resident reported that Michael Urban, a family friend, might have taken the jewelry while staying at her home.
When Boonton police ran a check of Urban’s name, they discovered that he was already wanted by the Morris County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly violating his probation on a previous burglary charge.
Initially, officers were unable to locate Urban during a search of local establishments. However, Urban later returned to his friend’s residence, at which time he was arrested following a brief standoff.
When police took Urban into custody, he was allegedly in possession of some of the stolen jewelry. Police said that Urban also had heroin, crack cocaine, a glass pipe, and a hypodermic needle. As a result, Urban was charged with theft, possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In New Jersey, theft of movable property is criminalized under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3. The statute classifies the theft of property valued at more than $500 as a third degree criminal offense. In this case, if Urban is convicted of third degree theft, he could be sentenced to as many as five years in New Jersey State Prison.
To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Thief Stole $20,000 in Jewelry, Had Crack Cocaine, Heroin, Cops Say.“
If you have been charged with theft in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Alissa D. Hascup for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.