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Year-long theft crimes investigation lead to woman's arrest

Criminal charges for theft can fall into either misdemeanor or felony categories, which is usually dependent upon the value of items allegedly taken. A Massachusetts woman is facing felony charges for alleged theft crimes related to equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars that occurred at her place of work. She has since posted $25,000 bail and is awaiting upcoming court proceedings.

Police began their nearly year-long investigation in Nov. 2016. At that time, the woman's employer -- Flir Designs -- reported what it believed to be internal theft. Although it is not clear what equipment was listed in that report, Flir is known for marketing and manufacturing its infrared cameras, thermal imaging and night vision equipment.

Sales records for eBay were searched during the investigation, which turned up nearly $57,000 in sales of Flir products. Authorities then arrested the employee, although it does not appear as if all the eBay sales were attributed to her. She is currently accused of stealing only about $15,000 worth of Flir merchandise, and it is unclear what methods police utilized to determine her alleged responsibility for that portion of the eBay sales.

Felony theft crimes are not treated lightly by Massachusetts officials. As the defendant is charged with a Class A Felony -- unauthorized taking -- the potential consequences can be serious with the potential for a 15-year prison sentence. The impact for facing serious criminal charges can usually be minimized, though. Most defendants can achieve the best possible outcome for their unique situations by taking the time to carefully review the charges and related evidence alongside their respective counsels.

Source: unionleader.com, "Nashua police: Former Flir employee charged in theft from company", Oct. 10, 2017

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