A 23-year-old male from Oakland was detained on June 16 after police allegedly received reports that a crime was in progress. According to news sources, the authorities were tipped off by a woman who described hearing the sound of glass shattering in a restricted access lot.
Reports said that upon arriving at a parking area, police discovered the man in the vicinity of a vehicle with a broken window. A spokesperson with the San Leandro police said that the Oakland man was in possession of bolt cutters at the time of the incident. He was detained and may now face criminal charges for possessing tools used for burglary, burglary and vehicular theft.
According to some accounts, the man lied to police about the vehicle being his, but this is unconfirmed. After being detained, the man was interred in Santa Rita Jail on a bail of $50,000. Reports did not say whether the damage done to the vehicles matched up with the tools the man was accused of possessing. It is unclear if the authorities have surveillance footage that confirms the man actually committed a crime.
Those who stand accused of crimes like burglary may be confronted with serious potential penalties, but they could also find that the fashion in which authorities portray events may make the situation even worse. For instance, claims that the accused lied or was in possession of tools that could have been used to commit crimes may seem like damning evidence. It is important to remember, however, that the burden of proof rests on the authorities in such situations. Those who feel like the odds are stacked against them may wish to investigate their options as thoroughly as possible before entering pleas.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, "San Leandro: Woman's tip leads police to car theft suspect", Rick Hurd, June 16, 2014