LAX Baggage Handler Found with 325 Missing Items at Home
This husband and wife accumulated an enormous stash of used, but expensive nevertheless, camera lenses, cameras, lens filters, camera memory cards, expensive shoes, wrist watches and luggage. There was no doubt that some of the items our client’s wife acquired at garage sales, such as Coach suitcases and purses, was likely counterfeit or stolen.In a Nutshell: Client, an LAX baggage handler, accused of felony receiving stolen property after police find over 350 allegedly stolen, case resolved for one count, 1 year house arrest, and items returned to client.
Our client had also been periodically, but methodically, refinancing his home and pulling out equity, cashing home equity lines of equity checks. Therefore, he had a large amount of cash.
Police must have thought that they had hit a gold mine when they found over 350 items at the home, including over $100,000 in cash. It was staggering. The discovery was proudly announced by the police in many newspapers and on the evening news.
Our client first hired another attorney, who negotiated a plea to one count of receiving stolen property and one year of county jail.
The client then hired Greg Hill & Associates to get a court order to return the items. Greg noticed that the plea was specific to just one camera lens that ironically was not even found in our client’s possession. This was a critical flaw in the plea from the prosecution’s perspective and the judge so agreed.
However, the police were extremely reluctant to agree with the prosecutor to stipulate to an order returning most items to our client. The police believed – and they were probably correct –that the judge would not believe the items seized were honestly acquired, no doubt to the high number of items found. Therefore, no judge would order the items returned.
After nearly 18 months of haggling, with multiple meetings with the police at the district attorney’s offices to discuss the case, the district attorney finally agreed to return all items our client demanded, including the cash. It was justice.
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