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Apparent ambulance theft may violate criminal law

Being charged with robbery in New York can be cause for alarm on many levels. What are the long- and short-term implications for one's future? What does it do to one's employment options if one faces jail time? What are one's rights while facing criminal law charges? All of this and more may be going through the mind of a man from the Wellsboro area who was recently arrested and charged with burglary and vehicle theft.

The alleged incident started early on a recent morning. A resident called in a burglary, and when officers responded, they found that a thief had apparently entered the home and searched it and then left after taking $52 in cash. A short time later, officers were called to an area high school and were told there was an ambulance on the lawn and that alarms were sounding. When the police arrived, they found chairs positioned in such a way that they may have been used to attempt to break a window.

Officers entered the school to investigate further and reportedly found the suspect asleep in a hallway. He was believed to be under the influence of an unknown substance. He was taken into custody about 7:00 a.m. The suspect was believed to have stolen the ambulance and then proceeded to burglarize a residence, and then attempted to rob the school. His cell phone was reportedly found in the ambulance.

Facing charges of burglary and theft in New York can be scary. A person who is arrested and charged with a crime is presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in a court of law. A person in such a situation may wish to consult with an attorney who has experience practicing criminal law in New York. A knowledgeable attorney can assist a client with understanding one's rights and helping to ensure that those rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process.

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