Carlsbad Police investigate theft cases in Carlsbad, however, California Highway Patrol may be involved in auto theft cases. The most common theft reported is the petty theft or shoplift. This offense usually involves the theft of retail merchandise valued $950 or less. There are also more serious thefts which are usually felonies involving commercial burglary, embezzlement, fraud, identity theft and also residential burglary which is always a felony and a strike under the three strikes law.
It is a theft to find lost property and not return it whether its found in Carlsbad or anywhere in California. California penal Code 485 basically staes it is a theft to approrriate found property as your own under circumstances which give you knowledge of the true owner or a means of inquiry as to the true owner. It is misdemeanor petty theft if the value of the property is $950 or less and felony grand theft if $950 or more.