Smash and Grab Suspects On the Run

Broken blue glass on the floor

Credit: Andrew Hazlett

The Dallas Police Department is searching for several suspects after they crashed into a local check cashing business in a robbery attempt.

According to eyewitness reports, several men crashed a large white van into the PL$ check cashing store located at Bruton Road and S. Buckner Boulevard at approximately 5:00 a.m. Thursday. Witnesses on or near the scene told police that several men crashed a large white van into the PL$ store at Bruton Road and S Buckner Boulevard shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday.

Houston Police Sgt. Jose Lasoya said in a statement that he believed the men were attempting to rob the store and possibly take the ATM machine. Police also believe that this robbery attempt may be connected to another attempt to break into an ATM at the drive through at Chase Bank located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. The suspects at the attempted bank break-in were also not found while the suspects at the PL$ check cashing store fled the scene on foot.

Thankfully, there were no injuries in connection to this criminal act. However, there well could have been. Smash and grab crimes such as this are considered Grand Theft and are very serious.  The crime of Smash and Grab Grand Theft occurs when an individual knowingly takes or endeavors to take property valued at $300 or more from another person, with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive that person of their right to the property. In so doing this, it can cause damage to real property, often in excess of $1,000, or uses a motor vehicle as an instrumentality in the theft, other than as a getaway vehicle, and thereby causes damage to real property.

Smash and Grab Grand Theft carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison, and a fine of up to $3,000.  What is more, an individual convicted of Smash and Grab Grand Theft becomes a convicted felon, and will consequently lose important civil rights, such as the right to possess a firearm and even the right to vote.

If you are a business owner who has been victimized in a crime, having a good attorney on your side can make the difference in the type of insurance settlement you receive and just how quickly you can get your business up and running again. Sometimes it can take weeks or months before a business can return to normal and that can cost you valuable sales and customers. Give our offices a call and our attorneys will help you find the best resources and courses of action suited to your situation. We are here to help you. Your initial consultation with our offices is both confidential and without cost or obligation.

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