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As you probably understand, a great deal of the answer to your question depends on what charges the prosecutor actually files. Based on what you have stated, I would suggest that a worst-case scenario would be that the prosecutor files a charge of burglary of the home and then theft of the property. Such charges could result in your son spending a couple years in prison.
However, the fact that this is his girlfriend may very well help him out. I say this as prosecutors will typically look at this as a domestic situation. In such a case, they will often file lesser charges. This could include something like trespassing and/or theft. Either of these charges could be considered misdemeanor offenses and result in nothing more than probation and fines.
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They were living together at the time of this theft
Excellent, that would seem to eliminate any burglary charge and just leave the theft charge. Again, this is likely a misdemeanor offense and suggests a resolution of probation and fines.
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