SEEING SHE DIDNT MAKE IT THREW THE DOORS HOW DID SHE STEAL THE ITEIMS WHOS TO SAY SHE WASNT GOING TO PAY FOR THEM SHE HAD THE MONEY ON HER PERSON BUT THEY WOULDENT LET HER PAY THEY SCARED HER TO ADMIT HER GUILT WUT DO U THINK
Criminal Defense Attorney
Good question. The law says that moving an object, even within a store, with the intent to steal it, is stealing. The issue then becomes what evidence there was that she intended to steal it. If a person hides an item in their underwear, pretty good indication they intend to steal it. If they put it in their purse? Less clear, but probably good enough for most juries.
Federal Crime Lawyer
Evidence that she paid for some items, while she failed to pay for other items in her purse, is strong evidence of an intent to shoplift. In addition, her statement that that was her intention will be admissible against her, even if she was scared when she made it. What is her innocent explanation of why some items were in her cart and others in her purse? The question is whether a jury will be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that she intended to steal. Here, the evidence is more than sufficient. It is possible, as you point out, that she planned to go to a different cashier and pay for the items in her purse, just as it is possible she could have been struck by lightning as she walked to her car. Possible, just extremely unlikely.
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