According to reports, a white male between 20 and 35 years of age and a white female with her hair in a ponytail were recently caught on camera shoplifting in a Target. According to video footage, the crime occurred between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. when the suspects walked into the electronic department of the store and removed anti-theft devices on three sets of Beats by Dre headphones.
They then hid the items and walked from the store. Outside, a dark-colored SUV was waiting to take them away. The suspects have not been identified, but if they are they face serious penalties for their crime. Both individuals could be guilty of shoplifting. The headphones are worth several hundred dollars per pair.
In Florida, shoplifting is considered to be a very serious crime. If you have been accused of shoplifting, you may want to contact an attorney at the firm today for more information. With the right lawyer on you will be able to challenge your shoplifting laws. The state typically calls shoplifting "retail theft." This crime includes taking possession or carrying away the property of a merchant, or altering labels or price tags within a store.
Also, transferring merchandise from one container to another, removing the merchandise from a shopping card or any other action that deprives the merchant of possession, use, benefits or full retail value of the item is considered retail theft. If the shoplifting property totals to be less than $100, then you may be charged with a second degree petit theft charge and fines up to $500. You may even face 60 days in jail if convicted. Retail theft of items valued between $100 and $300 can result in a first degree misdemeanor petit theft charge that results in fine sup to $1,000 and one year in jail.
When the value of the items stolen adds up to more than $300, but less than $20,000, or if the item stolen is a firearm, then it is considered a third degree felony that can result in up to 15 years in prison if the defendant is convicted. If you have been arrested for retail theft in Florida you need to contact a skilled and hardworking Tampa criminal defense attorney at Thomas & Paulk P.A. today to assist you in your case!