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If somebody shoplifts and does not get caught on the spot, gets out of the store and off the property with the stolen items, are they safe?

I KNOW SHOPLIFTING IS WRONG AND I HAVEN'T POSTED THIS QUESTION FOR YOU TO TELL ME SO. I do NOT shoplift myself, never have and never will, but I know very many people do. I don't agree with it, and personally I'm not to thrilled with anyone that shoplifts and causes the prices of the items I need to buy to go sky high and be raised through the roof. BUT, I was having a conversation with someone about shoplifting, and this question was raised--- If someone steals an item from a store, gets out of the store and off the property before being seized, are they then off the hook as far as any type of prosecution goes? To me, it seems as if YES, they could be punished at any time for that crime, but also, by that point, law enforcement most likely would NOT be able to recover the stolen merchandise, therefore not having an item of proof that somebody actually walked out of the store with it. Even if they went to the extreme of getting a search warrant, allowing them to search your home for what item they think may have been stolen and they find it, there's really no way for them to prove that you did or didn't purchase that item at another store or another day rather than the one in question!Especially if the store's surveillance isn't all that great, you can't arrest someone because you THINK someone committed a crime! Anyway---What does anyone think? Rather, what does anyone KNOW about procedure for a similar situation?? and last but not least, I know laws vary from state to state, so just in case this might help, I'm inquiring about the laws in Pennsylvania, my state of residence. Thank you in advance for any light you may be able to shed on this topic!!

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Safe is a relative term. The law of karma takes care of everything. Whatever bad you do is returned a thousandfold. So, they will have car trouble, lose their wallet, get fired, be in ill health, and suffer other losses, but never make the connection because they sit on their brains.

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If there are any eyewitnesses or video of the shoplifting, simply getting off the property of the store does not prevent a person from being arrested or charged with theft.... It's all a matter of whether somebody or a store wishes to pursue it.. Obviously, getting off the property and not getting caught on the spot "in the act" increases the odds someone will get away with it, but it is no guarantee.

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Thanks, that's what I assumed myself, but what do you think about what I said as far as law enforcement not being able to pursue prosecution if they don't have proof of the stolen items? I mean, if they don't have possession of the actual stolen items, what then? Like I said, say I stole nail polish. Even if they searched my home, I have HUNDREDS of bottles of nail polish.. How would they be able to prove all of them weren't purchased? They can't arrest me because they THINK I shoplifted!! LOL! Get my point??? What is your opinion on that....??
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You're right...The police really don't have time to pursue such small things anyways....What can happen though is that evidence of shoplifting can accumulate over time, then when a person is actually caught in the act and a search is done finding a lot of merchandise.....if the person has been shoplifting from a particular store and the things found in the search match things that have gone missing from the store...that can be used........ Murder must be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, but things like this only require a preponderance of the evidence to "suggest" guilt..... In other words, being caught in the act and also having items that have been missing from the store can be put together as evidence that points to guilt...
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Hailissa, I thought this wasn't about you. But it is. You are shoplifting. And you are shoplifting things you already have in abundance. Yuck!
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Ms.timmins: Whether she is or not, she has not said anything to indicate that she is. All her questions have been hypothetical or based on people she knows of.
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They are still guilty an could be caught if they were seen. But yes they could still get away with it

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So which is it? You just answered the same question in two different ways.
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no

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really? hell no its stolen goods

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nope

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i will let you from experience, no you are not still safe! i use to boost things all the time and the last time i did we got away thinking we were fine but the next day i got a knock on the door from the police arresting me for shoplifting...they let me go with a court date and i didn't show up cus i was scared so now with a warrant for not going, a few weeks later i got another knock on my door and again got arrested. i thought that once you left the store if you got away that you were fine, but your defiantly not. so be careful!

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Wow, that's really scary
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Now, another user just posted that leaving the property escalates the theft from a misdemeanor to a felony.. Do you know if that is true? Also, why was it that they waited until the following day? Did they get you on a string of thefts or did they only get you for one incident? I know like with drugs, they'll monitor you for a series of transactions, and then get you after they have a decent amount of information.
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Getting off the property escalates it from a misdemeanor to a felony! I saw this shoplifting special on CNBC!

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You spent alot of time writing about someone elses problem. God knows everything and you will be caught one way or another. If not today then tommorrow. When that happens, you or rather, your friends, will be in deep doo da

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It didn't take a significant time to type AT ALL. And it wasn't anyone's specific problem, it was a general question on a wide open topic. I find no harm in including specific detail associated with my line of thinking in order to clearly get my bit across to anyone who chooses to answer my question. The more detail, the more specifically another user is able to answer the question in a manner that pinpoints my key points. And honestly, I really don't see why you would care?
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Tried to return an item that was already in the store. I left they took a picture
of my license plate. I didn't steal anything maybe attempting so they say. What do you think will happen? Never got detained item is steal in the store

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