Recent changes to state law will result in many theft-related crimes formerly charged as felonies to be handled as misdemeanors.
Locally, this means many thieves who commit property crimes in La Cañada Flintridge and surrounding areas will be spending much less time behind bars, and doing so in county jail rather than in state prison, said Capt. Dave Silversparre of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.
A bill signed into law last year by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger raised the stolen property value determination needed to trigger felony grand theft charges from $400-plus to $950-plus. With that change, thefts of property valued between $401 and $949 that last year would have been prosecuted as felony grand theft will now result in misdemeanor petty theft charges.