Late Beatle’s Gig Van Burglarized in San Francisco (CA Penal Code 459)

Late Beatle’s Gig Van Burglarized in San Francisco (CA Penal Code 459)

Rabin Nabizadeh
May 22, 2014

Sean Lennon may be most famous for being the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, but there are a few people who know about his band, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger  (The GOASTT) an avant-garde folk duo with songs enigmatically titled things like “Schrodinger’s Cat” and “Xanadu” consists mainly of Lennon and his girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl.  The GOASTT’s van was parked close to Hayes and Franklin when someone smashed the passenger front window and took a laptop computer that belongs to another band member, Connor Grant.  The band was in San Francisco performing at the Great American Music Hall.

California Penal Code 459 covers the burglary of an automobile.  In order to be convicted of burglary, prosecutors must be able to prove that you intentionally entered the vehicle for the purposes of a) stealing the vehicle itself, b) committing some other felony, or c) taking something from the car.  This law is separate from the crimes of petty theft and grand theft, which are separate charges.  So, if you are the individual that smashed the window of The GOASTT’s van and took the laptop inside, you could be facing charges of second-degree burglary (which is a ‘wobbler, ‘ meaning that the prosecutor decides whether to charge you with a felony or a misdemeanor).  If convicted on a misdemeanor charge, you might be looking at 1 year in county; however, if you are convicted on felony charges pursuant to this law, you may spend up to 3 years in state prison.  Let’s hope that The GOASTT’s lawyers are as mellow as their music.


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