I have stolen multiple items from a store in the past by taking the item into the dressing room and walking out with it. I was caught stealing one item by a worker and told the store owner I forgot to take the item off and apologized and gave it back. Cops were not called and I walked out of the store. However, during this exchange, the store owner accused me of stealing other items in the past. Can I be charged for the theft of these past items although I was never caught on camera taking them? And can I be charged with a misdemeanor for the item I was caught taking?
You can be charged for the recent item as the statute of limitations is 2 years. As for the prior items, you can be charged if someone saw you take the items and not pay.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been handling criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 22 years. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
The simple answer is YES, you can be arrested for stealing even though you were not charged at the time of the office. Assuming the owner has evidence (video, eye witness, etc) you can be charged anytime within the 2 year statute of limitations, assuming it’s a misdemeanor or within 5 years if a felony. The difference is simply the value of what you stole.
Try not stealing and you won’t have to worry at all.
Yes, but unless the owner or employees have evidence, such as seeing you do it, the police will not arrest you.
Any response I provide is meant as a general view on the subject and is no way intended to be specific legal advice to any individual. If you wish specific advice, you should hire and consult with an attorney of your choosing.
Yes to both. You do not have to leave the store with the items for it to be a crime. Also, if they have the evidence, they can charge you for any thefts in the past two years. Five years if the value was over $1000.
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