No police equals no criminal record . Consensus among Avvo attorneys is to ignore civil demand letter.
ANDREW ROBERTS CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSE ATTORNEY
If you were not given a citation to appear in court, then it's unlikely you will get a criminal charge on your record. However, you may be sent a citation down the road. Until then, don't worry about.
As for the civil demand, if/when you receive, contact an attorney to discuss your options at that point. My guess is, once you get it, you will be charged around $450-$500 for ATTEMPTING to steal from Albertsons. (If you were caught, I assume good were recovered). It's not always logical to pay that civil demand as it has no effect on the criminal case and is often mass-mailed to bait people into paying them. It's usually unlikely anything negative will come from ignoring it as it would turn into a small claims actions and will likely not be worth the hassle to recover that amount.
As I said, once you get that demand, call an attorney and discuss how to proceed.
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If the police were not involved, there will be no criminal record.
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