Get an attorney and records of your monthly purchases at the store. You cannot do this yourself.
You will need the assistance of an attorney to represent you with this. Home Depot has very specific procedures for credit card transactions. An attorney will know what to subpoena from Home Depot. Make sure that you keep a copy of all your transactions and receipts from that date.
Lancaster Court is probably the toughest in LA County from Prosecutors to Judges. You need an attorney. You have a very valid defense to this case. Given the fact that you have purchased thousands of dollars in items, including on the day in question, this shows that you had no intent to take the washer. Give me a call for a consultation.
Seth Weinstein, Esq.
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney
This reply should NOT be considered a legal opinion of your case / inquiry. At this time I do not have sufficient factual/legal documentation to give a complete answer to your question and there may be more to the issues you raised then I have set out in my brief reply.
Well you need to fight the case. Best think for you to do in this case is hire an attorney now so that you have someone who can be a go between, between yourself and the store and law enforcement. If you can resolve this without having be criminally prosecuted now, you do it. Often times you have to run your own counter investigation. A theft conviction can be brutal in this economy. Do not take it lightly and DO NOT try to resolve it yourself. Anything you say to store personnel or law enforcement will come back to haunt you which is why you need counsel right away, Many of us give free consults including us. Call any time.
Los Angeles County Criminal Defense