Tucson police narrow in on convenience store crimes
Arizona police are cracking down on convenience store crimes.
December 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Tucson police narrow in on convenience store crimes
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According Tucson police, criminal thieves often target convenience stores in Tucson. In addition to shoplifting, the convenience store parking lots are being used for drug deals and prostitution. Therefore, local authorities have formulated a plan, which aims to target convenience store crimes. The Community Response Teams are conducting special investigations, and the initiative is entitled, "Convenience Store Crime Reduction Effort."
Four police squads throughout the city setting up extra surveillance on convenience stores. Specifically, the teams are looking for "beer skips" and "drugs."
For example, in one incident, an officer observed what appeared to be odd activity in the parking lot of a store. The officer followed one of the motorists out of the parking lot and subsequently stopped a vehicle for speeding.
After checking out the motorist, authorities discovered that the man was driving on a suspended license. Pursuant to further questioning, investigators searched the motorist's car.
Authorities found prescription pills, which the suspect admitted to purchasing in the convenience store parking lot. The man now faces criminal charges and his vehicle has been impounded.
Moreover, the motorist's acquaintances from the parking lot were eventually detained in a different area. All three of the suspects were arrested on drug charges. In that vehicle, police uncovered marijuana and prescription pills. These individuals were cited after the incident.
Investigations continue in Tucson
The aforementioned incident is just one of many. It is clear that Tucson Police will stop at nothing to prevent criminal activity at local convenience stores. Moreover, the recent crackdown could mean that someone is always watching. Those that engage in criminal activity around a convenience store may be subjected to investigation.
If one is convicted of a theft, drug or prostitution crime, he or she could face dire consequences. These offenses often come equipped with jail time, hefty fines and more.
For example, in Arizona, most drug charges are charged as felonies. Furthermore, felony offenses are the most serious types of charges and carry the most egregious consequences, including the loss of gun rights and a lifetime record as a convicted felon. It does not help that few employers will select an applicant with a felony conviction on his or her record. This can deeply affect one's professional career -- even if the person engaged in crime only once in the person's life.
If you are confronting criminal charges in Arizona, it is best to pursue professional legal assistance. The criminal justice system is a tough place. Working with a qualified criminal defense attorney can help aid you in the fight for your future.
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