Local police claim to have caught a young man taking a bicycle on the Texas A & M campus and have therefore charged him with theft. Although, the charge is a misdemeanor, it can still affect this man’s personal and professional life for a long time, possibly permanently. It could also spell the loss of professional and academic opportunities.
According to police, the man removed a bike from a rack near one of the buildings on the college’s campus. The bike was actually a police decoy designed to catch would-be bicycle thieves on the campus. Since the bike had a GPS system on it, police were able to track down its location after it was taken. Police says they found the man near one of the campus’ dining halls and still riding the bicycle.
Although, it may be clear that the young man, whom police did not identify as a student on the campus, had taken a bicycle belonging to the police department, it is important for people to remember that there still may be more to the story. For example, particularly since this incident happened at nighttime, it is quite possible the person who took the bike did so by mistake. Accidents do happen in which people unwittingly take something that does not belong to them, and that is certainly not a crime.
In any event, the young man who has been charged has some important decisions to make, and he may want to go over these options with an experienced criminal defense attorney with knowledge of the Bryan and College Station court systems. For instance, he can take this case to trial or he can choose to enter a plea bargain with the State of Texas.
Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, “Teen charged with stealing ‘bait bike’ on Texas A & M campus,” Sept. 11, 2017
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