I didn't have a cart at the time and it was easier to carry everything I needed by putting this one large item partially in my pocket. The item was still visible, but not entirely. I was arrested for retail theft on the basis that the officer found me past the point of sale. I did not pass this point willingly, LP dragged me. There was an altercation with myself and LP because I did not want them touching me. I tried to call the police when they did, and they beat me bad enough to warrant hospitalization.
Would this be a simple case to defend? The value of the semi-concealed item was less than $5. I never left the store and had not made my way to the register yet to make my purchase. I was still on the sales floor. I have an otherwise spotless record as well.It's been almost 2 months, up to case disposition, and the state has yet to file an information sheet.