The Miami Herald reports that two Florida basketball players were arrested over the weekend and charged with burglary of an unoccupied conveyance.
According to police, staff at a local restaurant witnessed the accused men breaking into a car across the street.
The alleged victim didn't notice any items missing from his car, police said.
Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance is a 3rd degree felony, punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison.
Since the alleged victim did not notice anything missing from the car, additional charges of theft are unlikely to follow.
However, succeeding at a burglary is a not a requirement for the charge. Breaking into a car with the intent to commit a crime therein (such as a theft) is sufficient, whether or not the accused actually steals something.
I represent clients charged with burglary of an unoccupied conveyance in Miami-Dade and Broward.
If you are in need of a criminal defense attorney due to burglary-related charges, call me to discuss your case.