Often when people hear that a person has been charged with theft, they imagine highly-organized thieves, or violent break-ins to homes or businesses. Many times, however, the truth is more prosaic. Theft charges can come with relatively harmless intentions a teenage prank, for example.
Most of our readers are familiar with the concept of white collar crime - that is, financial crimes that usually involve the unlawful appropriation of money with which one has been entrusted. Often, white collar crime cases are complex and time consuming, as authorizers work through years of financial transactions to determine which ones, if any, have been done improperly.
Crime is, unfortunately, a relatively common thing in many American cities. It can be very frustrating for residents who are the victims of a crime to watch and wait for police to make an arrest. Often, residents see little evidence that their complaints are being followed up on, and so they attempt to apply more pressure on local police departments.
A recent drunk driving arrest in Norwalk has generated a significant amount of news coverage here in Connecticut over the course of the last week due to its surrounding circumstances and, perhaps more significantly, its questions of possible police misconduct.
It's a line that has accompanied a seemingly endless number of newspaper stories describing the circumstances of criminal cases: "What started out as a harmless prank, ended in serious charges." Unfortunately, this line was written yet again in stories across the nation this past summer in reference to the actions of a group of Connecticut teens.