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Aventura Police Seek Alleged Bank Burglar

CBS Miami reports that the Aventura Police have released video of a man they say is responsible for a string of attempted burglaries at Turnberry Bank on May 14.

According to Aventura Police, the suspect was able to get into the business' by kicking in the glass doors and by damaging the door handles. The attempted burglaries happened during the later parts of the afternoon of May 14, Aventura Police said.

The appropriate charge for attempting to burglarize a business, such as a bank, is called burglary of an unoccupied structure.  Burglary of an unoccupied structure is a 3rd-degree felony punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison.

Unlike any type of occupied burglary, structural unoccupied burglaries are lesser offenses because the structure is not a residence and there is nobody inside of the structure.

Burglary of a dwelling, either occupied or unoccupied, is always a 2nd-degree felony, punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison.

If a burglary with an assault or battery and armed burglary are both felonies that are punishable by life.

Burglaries can be proven a number of ways.  Detectives will try to use physical evidence, such as fingerprints, DNA swabs, or video surveillance to prove that an accused person is the one who committed the alleged burglary.

Without physical evidence, detectives and prosecutors may rely on eyewitness testimony, whether the accused is in possession of recently stolen property, or whether the accused has confessed to the police.

If you are under investigation for burglary or have already been charged, you should contact a criminal defense attorney.  If unrepresented, police may try to get a confession or statement out of you.  Police employ psychological tactics to get an accused person to feel comfortable enough to open up.  Then, that confession is used against the accused, becoming a strong piece of evidence suggestive of guilt.

Do not speak to police without consulting a criminal defense lawyer first!  

Call me if you are facing burglary charges in Miami-Dade or Broward.