|Pictured Above: Tien Kim Vu. Source: Irvine Police Department.|
Tien Kim Vu was arrested in March after police found six UPS parcels in his car. A man in Ladera Ranch had called police after he saw a man take a package off of his porch. Vu was charged with six misdemeanor counts of petty theft and one felony county of receiving stolen property. He also got a sentencing enhancement for committing these crimes while released on custody on another case. In October of 2011, Vu was arrested on suspicion of stealing approximately 150 parcels. Late last month, Vu pleaded guilty to 16 counts of petty theft and two counts of receiving stolen property. He will be sentenced on April 24, 2012.
Petty theft is the stealing of property valued up to $950. This offense is usually a misdemeanor. Receiving stolen property is a crime that occurs when one receives or purchases an item that they know is stolen. This offense can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances and the defendant’s criminal history. If you are convicted of theft or receiving stolen property, you face jail/prison time, fines, and you could be required to pay restitution to the victims of the crime. Therefore, if you are charged with theft, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.