Gregory Sullwold was charged with felony theft in St. Louis county, Minnesota. He cut loose two cruise boats in Duluth and left the boats floating in the Duluth Harbor. The two boats were the Vista Star and the Vista Queen boats which both weigh over 60-tons. The boats were left floating in the harbor for several hours. One of the boats almost hit another ship in the harbor. Sullwold was already on the polices’ radar when he caused property damage in a Park and also threatened to blow up a club. Sullwold is a boat mechanic and had another arrest warrant out of Hennepin County. He will appear on October 31 for his first appearance at the St. Louis county courthouse.
Theft is a serious offense and if convicted, the charges will go on your criminal record. In Minnesota there are many different levels of theft ranging from petty theft to felony theft. Petty theft occurs when the property stolen is $500 or less. The sentence for petty theft is up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000. If the property is valued between $500 to $1,000, it is a gross misdemeanor. The penalty for a gross misdemeanor is up to one year in jail and/or $3,000. If the property is between $1,000 to $5,000, the penalty may be up to five years of prison and/or a fine up to $10.000. If the theft is more than $5,000, the penalty is up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $20,00. For a full list of the definitions of thefts and possible outcomes, contact Keller Law Offices.
In Minnesota theft crimes are enhanceable offenses. This means that if a person has a prior theft conviction it will be used to make the subsequent charges more serious. For example, if a person in the last five years has a prior theft conviction, their subsequent theft charge of more than $1000 but less than $5000 will lead to a sentence of five years and up to a $10,000 fine. For a list of other enhanceable crimes in Minnesota, contact the Defense attorney at Keller Law Offices
Hire a Minnesota defense attorney to try and avoid getting a conviction on your record. A theft conviction will likely hurt your chances to get a job and find housing because it is a crime of dishonesty. If you have been charged with theft, contact Keller Law Offices for a free consultation. We will be able to negotiate with the prosecutor for a better offer or take your case to trial. Max Keller is an aggressive Minnesota defense attorney. Call 952-913-1421 if you have been charged with any level of theft in Minnesota. It is also important to hire an attorney as soon as you are charged with theft and shoplifting to secure camera and video footage at the store which may be helpful in your case. Many stores do not keep footage for long periods of time. Any statements made to police at the time of your arrest or during questioning may be used against you in court. Please visit the firm’s website at www.kellerlawoffices.com.