Suspect Lifts Expensive Jeans from Retail Store

Detectives are looking for a suspect that lifted approximately $1,350 worth of jeans from a retail store in the Tampa area. The suspect entered The Loft and removed twenty pairs of jeans from the store then fled without paying for the items. Anyone with information on the suspect should call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office promptly.

The man caught on a surveillance video is between 30 and 49 years of age and is approximately 5'8" and 190 lbs. He has a medium complexion and short brown hair. At the time of the crime the suspect was wearing a light blue button up shirt with the sleeves up. He hid the expensive jeans in a Disney bag. Chances are that he plans to re-sell the jeans online or in an underground operation to make a profit.

Retail theft is a serious crime, and depending on the value of the items stolen, can result in a hefty prison sentence. Shoplifting is divided as petit theft or retail theft depending on the value of the items that were stolen. Normally, when an item stolen is $100 or less the charge will be filed as a second degree misdemeanor in the state of Florida. When goods are between $100 and $300 this is filed typically filed as a first-degree misdemeanor.

If you have been arrested for retail theft, you can use a variety of different defenses. You can argue that you were framed, and that the items were placed in your bag by another or you can argue that you unintentionally took the items out of the store. Also, you can argue that you paid for the item if you believe that the cashier just failed to take the sensor off. If you want more information about retail theft crimes, you need to hire an attorney at Tampa criminal attorney at Thomas & Paulk today for more information.