The LAPD has made an arrest in connection to a string of recent celebrity burglary cases at the homes of Los Angeles celebrities, including Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, David Spade, Christina Milian, and Yasiel Puig.
Celebrity Burglary Case Brings Arrest of Suspects by LAPD
19-year-old Tyress Williams has been arrested in connection to a slew of celebrity burglaries.
Just last week, a burglary was reported at the home of Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods. His Woodland Hills home was burglarized while he was at the Los Angeles Coliseum, playing against the Minnesota Vikings.
“During recent months, the Los Angeles Police Department has become aware of a series of residential burglaries targeting actors, producers, musicians and professional athletes living in the Los Angeles area,” according to an LAPD’s announcement. “Initially, it was believed that the homes were being burglarized at random. Detectives learned, however, that this wasn’t the case. The victims’ homes had been selected based on social media posting, touring or travel schedules of the owners.”
Williams was detained the night after Woods’ home was burglarized, not far from the Rams receiver’s home. A searchof the suspect’s car revealed not only items from the athlete’s home, but also, allegedly, items from the homes of Puig, and actress-singers Rihanna and Milian,
Williams also matched an image captured by a security camera during a recent break-in at Puig’s home.
The LAPD is alleging that Williams has targeted athletes and the victim’s during times he knew they would be away from their homes.
Theft, Burglary, and Larceny Charges
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Theft, Burglary or Larceny Charges in Los Angeles
Our representation includes handling a wide range of theft and property crimes, including:
- Grand theft auto (GTA)
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Different Types of Property Crimes: Theft, Burglary, and Robbery
- Theft: You can be charged with theft for allegedly stealing money or anything else of value from someone else. Sometimes, theft charges are combined with burglary or robbery charges. Embezzlement is also considered a type of theft.
- Burglary: Burglary is when you enter property with the intent to commit a crime, regardless of the property type (home, apartment, business, etc). Intent must be proven, but you do not need to actually steal something to be charged with burglary.
- Robbery: If force or the threat of force is alleged during efforts to take property from someone, robbery charges may result. Robbery is also considered a type of violent crime.
When people think of a burglary offense, they typically imagine an individual who enters a home for the purpose of committing a crime. Under California’s penal code, burglary may involve a home invasion, but it may also involve the burglary of a commercial building. The California Penal Code makes a significant distinction between residential burglary and commercial burglary. A residential burglary carries significantly greater penalties and is also a strike offense.
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If you have been arrested for burglary, it is critical that you protect your rights by retaining an experienced Los Angeles burglary defense attorney. For a vigorous defense, contact the Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman in Los Angeles. We handle all burglary charges and related offenses, including:
- Residential burglary
- Commercial burglary
- Possession of burglary tools
- Burglary of an automobile
Residential and Commercial Burglary Charges in Los Angeles
A residential burglary occurs when a person enters a home, apartment or other inhabited dwelling with the intent to commit theft or another criminal offense. The crime of burglary does not require that you enter the home by breaking and entering or otherwise gain entry by illegal means. Even if you lawfully entered another person’s home, you could be guilty of burglary if you entered with the intent of committing a crime.
One of the key issues in a residential burglary case is whether the defendant had the intent of committing a crime at the moment he or she entered the home or other inhabited dwelling. If the intent to commit a crime formed after the defendant entered the home, the defendant is not guilty of burglary.
Commercial burglary is the burglary of a commercial structure such as retail store or other business. As with residential burglary, a defendant must have had the intent to commit a crime at the time he or she entered the commercial building.
Defenses to a Burglary Charges in Los Angeles
There are a number of defenses our attorneys may raise on your behalf if you have been charged with burglary, including:
- Lack of intent at time of entry: If you did not have an intent to commit a crime at the time you entered a residential dwelling or commercial building, you are not guilty of burglary.
- No intent to commit a crime: If you entered a home to retrieve personal property that you own or to engage in other lawful activity, you are not guilty of burglary.
- Mistaken identity: You may have been arrested because you were falsely identified.
California’s Three Strikes Law and Theft Charges
Under California’s three strikes law, defendants receive the first two strikes only when they are convicted of serious felonies. However, a third strike may be given for any degree of felony conviction. This means that a felony petty theft charge can lead to a severe prison sentence if you already have two strikes. Prosecutors will often take advantage of inexperienced defendants being represented by public defenders and offer them an otherwise sweet-sounding deal if they agree to “take a strike.” However, there are serious concerns about taking a “strike” that defendants need to be aware of.
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As you can see, being accused of a crime is a very serious matter, and should be handled accordingly. An experience criminal defense attorney will be able to advise you on the best defense should you be accused of any number of crimes.
Any criminal charge could result in prison time, other serious penalties, and a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. The good news is that there is a defense to every charge or accusation. Contact our office in Los Angeles at 562-287-5333, at 562-287-5333 or by e-mail to discuss your case with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.