Possible shoplifting question:
This is in IL, an item that was less than $100 was taken from a store. Store had cameras, unsure if the action or the shoplifter was seen on them. An employee left the store carrying their phone and may have recorded the car and license plate. Item was brought back into the store, undamaged, and shoplifter left. Was not detained, no police arrived, no information such as name or address was given. Store is part of a small chain that only has 125 locations across the country.
What is the probability of anything happening, realistically?
They would have to track you down before anything could happen. This would take a lot more work than they are likely willing to put forth.
I wouldn't stress over this and, if something happens to come from it, speak with an attorney at that time.
I agree with my colleagues that, as a practical matter, prosecution of this case appears unlikely. Please understand, however, that based on nothing more than the posting here, a criminal offense has been committed, the return of the item is not a defense, and a prosecution and potential conviction would be legally appropriate. The shoplifter may have gotten lucky this time. We trust there will be no further experiments in this dishonorable direction.
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