STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS13) — During the coronavirus state of emergency, the Stanislaus County District Attorney announced anyone who commits burglary or theft in the county could also be charged with looting.
The announcement came Wednesday from Stanislaus County DA Birgit Fladager. In a press release, DA Fladager said: “anyone who commits a crime of burglary in the second degree, grand theft, or petty theft, in our county, during the state of emergency could be charged with looting in violation of Penal Code 463.”READ MORE: Woodland Business Hit By Burglars During Power Outage; 2 Arrested
So far, the DA’s office said they have filed 15 counts of looting during the state of emergency, 12 of which are felonies against seven defendants in six different cases. The remaining three are misdemeanor charges. The arrests came from Modesto, Turlock and Waterford.Police: Suspect Shoots, Kills Himself After Chase In Vacaville
According to the DA, under the statewide emergency bail order that was put into place on Monday, bail is required to be set at $0 for most offenses except specified crimes, including looting.
So, defendants charged with looting will have to go before a court and cannot be automatically released on bail.MORE NEWS: Thieves In California Are Stealing Scarce Water Amid Extreme Drought, 'Devastating' Some Communities
The minimum sentence for looting is three to six months in jail and can include an additional 80 to 240 hours of community service.