The value of property can affect the degree and seriousness of a Washington theft crime. In a recent unpublished case, a juvenile challenged his second degree theft conviction, arguing the trial court had used the wrong methodology for determining the value of the property.
A deputy testified he met with the juvenile and his mother after responding to a call reporting a possible theft. The deputy testified the juvenile admitted he had taken a ring out of his mother’s jewelry box.
A jeweler testified that the replacement cost of the ring was $1,200, based on making a new ring. The jeweler also testified that used jewelry did not get the same price as new and that the ring might be sold to a jeweler for $340. A dealer might be able to sell it then for $600 or $700.