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Trio charged with theft, but was treatment fair?

When news media covers a story in which a group of people have been charged in a crime, the article may leave more questions than answers. Sometimes, law enforcement is still investigating and a news source has only limited information, like names, ages and what a person was charged with. Obviously there is much more to the story, and a recent article about an alleged theft in Georgia raises valid questions about what details may be missing from the coverage. 

According to preliminary reports, three individuals have been charged in what has been called a scheme to steal iPhones. It seems that a 25-year-old Georgia man had worked for an independent retailer that sold the Apple phones inside Sam’s Club. After being fired for reasons that have not been disclosed, he allegedly brought two associates into a plot to steal merchandise from his former employer. 

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the man provided two other people with fraudulent credit card information and directed them to use the bad cards to purchase iPhones from the kiosk where he was formerly employed. When the trio was allegedly attempting to complete the fraudulent transaction, store employees recognized the man and recalled that he had been fired, and asked him to leave the store. He refused, and police were called. 

The man that allegedly spearheaded the theft from his former employer was released on an unsecured bond, because he had no previous theft charges on his record. The other two were held without bond. Reportedly, law enforcement is investigating whether the trio may have attempted similar theft at other locations. 

Being charged with theft in Georgia can be a frightening and frustrating experience. An accusation is not proof of guilt, and people charged with such a crime may feel like they are being treated unfairly by the media or law enforcement. In many situations, an attorney can step in and make sure a client’s rights are protected during the legal process and prepare a meaningful defense that keeps the burden of proof squarely on the prosecution.