On Tuesday, July 28, SCV Sheriff’s Station deputies performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle they noticed was in violation of California’s Vehicle Code. After stopping the vehicle, they discovered that the driver – a Palmdale man in his 30s – did not have a license and was in possession of drugs and dozens of pieces of mail addressed to various locations. The incident remains under investigation, though it looks like the suspect is going to be facing charges of grand theft auto, possession of methamphetamine, and mail theft.
Grand theft auto is covered under California Penal Code 487(d)(1) PC and is described as taking someone’s vehicle, worth $950 or more, and intending to deprive the owner of its use. It’s a “wobbler” in California, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor charges include up to 1 year in county jail. If charged as a felony (which it usually is), the potential penalties include 16 months to 3 years in jail, a fine of up to 10,000, or both.
Possession of methamphetamine is covered under California Health and Safety Code 11377(A) HS and makes it illegal to possess methamphetamine and certain other controlled substances. If charged as a misdemeanor, the potential penalties include up to 1 year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. For felony convictions, the penalties include 16 months to 3 years in jail.
Mail theft is covered under California Penal Code 590.5(e) PC and is described as taking someone else’s mail without their consent. The crime is a misdemeanor under California law and the possible penalties include up to 1 year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
As mentioned above, the investigation is ongoing, and no information is available at this time regarding the suspect’s location or if he is being charged with any additional crimes after the investigation.