Uber driver faces felony charges for alleged theft from passenger
The majority of Uber rides end after the passenger arrives at his or her destination and exits the vehicle. As several news outlets recently reported, this was not the case for a Florida man who unfortunately became the victim of theft when his Uber driver asked to came inside his home after arriving at the destination. That driver now faces serious criminal charges.
Mark Taiclet, 48, told police he allowed the driver, 33-year-old Brandi Begerow, into his home to use the bathroom. Taiclet claimed he had no recollection of what happened afterwards. He believed Begerow drugged him before allegedly stealing cash, a digital video camera, a safe and a handgun.
Police arrested Begerow on suspicion of armed burglary and grand theft of a firearm. While there is no proof of Taiclet being drugged, surveillance footage shows the pair entering the house together and Begerow driving off four hours later.
Passengers who hail a ride on the Uber app can view a photo of the driver along with the car’s make, model and license plate number. While it may be exceedingly bizarre and rare for an Uber driver to commit such a crime, Begerow is facing some serious charges.
Thefts are typically classified according to the value of the stolen items. In this case, a police report valued Taiclet’s missing items at $1,660. Florida law classifies the theft of property valued at $300 or more as grand theft.
Stealing a firearm is automatically a grand theft third-degree felony, no matter its value. Offenders could face a wide range of penalties including prison, fines and a permanent criminal record. If you have been charged with theft, please call Fischer Redavid PLLC; they know how to build the strongest defense possible to fight the charges.