What are “Bait Purse Stings” in Las Vegas casinos? Nevada theft laws.

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Top Las Vegas criminal defense attorney discusses “bait purse stings” in Nevada.

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Bait purse stings are very common in Las Vegas, Nevada. Metro police will place a cash-filled pocketbook in a conspicuous location (usually in a Nevada casino) to make it look as though someone left it there by accident. The police then wait and watch to see if someone comes by and takes it for him/herself.

If someone takes the pocketbook, the Nevada police treat it as a theft under NRS 205.0832(d) and will arrest the person. Often the police will wait until the person tries to leave the casino since that arguably shows intent that the person intended to steal the pocketbook. And sometimes the person says something incriminating when caught such as, “I’m sorry” instead of invoking his/her 5th Amendment right to stay silent.

If the person gets charged with theft in Nevada, the prosecutors then have the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person truly intended to steal the pocketbook. A Nevada criminal defense attorney would try to show that the person was meaning to return the pocketbook to its rightful owner. The typical evidence in Nevada bait purse sting cases is surveillance video showing the person taking the purse.

The Nevada penalties for taking a bait purse depend on the value of the purse and cash inside the purse. If the cash amounts to less than $650, it is a misdemeanor in Nevada carrying up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines. If the value is at least $650 but less than $3,500, it is a felony carrying 1 – 5 years in Nevada State Prison and possibly a fine of up to $10,000. Otherwise, the penalty is 1 – 10 years in Nevada State Prison and maybe up to $10,000 in fines.


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