Probability of something happening (for example, court summon) for shoplifting after the fact?
3 attorney answers
Doubtful if anything will happen. Tell your nephew to stop stealing!
If this happened in the City of Los Angeles $5-$6 is way below the City Attorney filing guidelines for a petty theft. In addition the LAPD isn't going to waste a lot of resources on a pipsqueak crime like this.
Several lawyers have already answered your question in great detail, but we aren't psychic.
It's probably unlikely that anything will come from this incident, but nobody can predict what will happen. The store might not even be aware of the theft because a janitor picked up the packaging and threw it away. That's about all you can tell him.
As I mentioned in my earlier response, the good thing news is that he has a functioning conscience and is probably scared enough that he isn't going to steal again.
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