You offer a very detailed narrative. Please find a licensed defense attorney in Washington who is familiar with that jurisdiction where your court case will be heard, meet with that person, discuss everything in confidence and great detail.
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The police can charge you, but the issue is can the Prosecuting Attorney prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt and convince 6 jurors to return a unanimous verdict.
You should retain local counsel to represent you. Good Luck!
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"I was going to pay" is what many shoplifters say when caught. So, you likely will find that your story is not going to be credible to the prosecutor, especially since you "have been arrested for theft 2 times" previously.
That you have not left the store may not mean that you would not be found guilty. If the jury is convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that you did not have intention to pay, you would be found guilty.
That you have plenty of money in your bank or on your person does not necessarily mean that you would not be found guilty. There are plenty of rich persons who are convicted of shoplifting. Shoplifting appears to be sometime a mental health issue, not a financial issue.
What you need to do is review your specific facts with your attorney to find out your legal options. There may be ways to resolve your situation that would eventually result in charges against you being dismissed.