The letter that you got is likely a civil demand letter. It carries no legal authority and you do not have to pay it. Most likely, but depending on the store, they will never follow up with their letters. If you were never cited or arrested by police and never charged by the District Attorney/City Attorney, you don't have a criminal record. Still, there is a shoplifting database that could make it difficult to get a job in retail.
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That is likely a civil demand letter. The prosecution may still charge regardless. They have a year to charge.
If you do not pay the store can sue civilly. This is not a criminal record.
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Co cops = no arrest = no court case and no prosecution which = no record.
No fine in mail. Only courts issue a fine. It is a civil demand. If item was recovered in useable condition, then proof of damages difficult. Usual advice here is to just ignore the demand.
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