Saturday, January 4, a Tampa man was arrested for allegedly stealing flash drives and other merchandise worth a total value of nearly $1,000. Deputies got the call when a Walmart said that a worker was trying to track down a man who had left the store without paying for items on him. According to the report, the worker said that he had seen the suspect pilfer boxes of razor cartridges and sneak out various other merchandise inside his jacket and beneath his shirt. When police searched the suspect, they discovered razor cartridges, medication, and flash drives and USB cards worth $966.66. The suspect was released on $15,000 bond and was charged with retail grand theft and resisting a merchant.
The charge of retail theft is likely a third degree felony charge, one which could mean up to 5 years in prison. Worse still, a conviction would mean having the record of a felon, a blow to one's reputation that can easily translate into denied job and housing applications. The repercussions of a felony conviction can be lifelong. Even a charge of
petit theft, which could mean a charge of shoplifting items worth $100 to $300, would be a misdemeanor that could result in a jail sentence of 364 days and a damaging criminal record.
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