Thieves Try Arguing for Lesser Charges As They Stole Items on Sale

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No matter the crime, 98% of criminals or their attorneys will argue for lesser charges once they are caught. For a Colorado Kohl’s, robbers aptly named the “Kitchen-Aid Mixer Crew,” 50-year-old Michael Green and 37-year-old Byron Bolden, their reasoning is one that you’ll likely never hear outside of a courtroom.

Busted following their theft of $2,094 worth of merchandise, including a Kitchen-Aid Mixer that begat their namesake, in addition to high-end clothing and shoes, they claim the charges are wrong.

Per a Colorado law, theft between $2,000 and $2,500 is considered a class six felony. According to the lawyer representing the duo, since some of the items were being sold on sale, the total value is below the $2,000 threshold. By their logic, the duo should be facing misdemeanor charges.

Naturally, a jury of their peers didn’t see it that way. Instead, the duo were convicted of felony theft. For their efforts, Green received 15 months behind bars, and Bolden received 90 days, with credit for time served as a condition for 18 months of probation. DA John Kellner said in a statement, “Just because an item is ‘on sale’ doesn’t mean it’s free to steal, and these defendants now get to think about this lesson in jail and prison. Retailers in our community are fed up with theft and my office will actively prosecute these offenders.”

This kind of theft and the resulting charges are something we should be seeing more of. However, as many states are unwilling to force the hand of minority criminals whom the liberals pander to for votes, the local DA often turns a blind eye to the offense and sets them free on a cashless release. Good on DA Kellner to push for the law to be applied.