when i was 16 i was charged with petty theft for taking a pair of sunglasses from a dept. store as a teenage dare. i paid the fines and finished the diversion program. i am now 19 years old and a was recntly arrested again for petty theft from my job. a customer bought a snack the total was 3.58, i new they price off the top of my head so i told him the price without ringing it up on the register. the man paid quickly with exact change and walked away, since i had not rung it up i just pocketed the change and my employer fount out, i was arrested on the spot and given a citation with a court date. when questioned about it i had admitted to doing it before. i was charged with petty theft, would this be considered my 2nd offense since my last one was as a minor? what will be the punishment?another issue i was needing advice on was they only have actual evidence of the $3.58 taken but tho i admitted to having done it before a few times can they charge me for the previous times too and make the total greater or would the 3.58 be all they could prosecute on? does it make the punishment greater or is there no difference? i understand petty theft is under $400 but in total from previously taking cash in small amounts over time it could possible add up to over $400, i worked there for 3 years, just wondering if they can at all charge me for more than the 3.58... please any advice would really help me. another note, could this be charged as grand theft since it might have been over $400 taken? the citation i received says "petty theft" is that the official decision or can it chnage to grand theft if they review other evidence? this is all very confusing for me.