Suspects Steal $3,000 in Purses

On May 21st, two females entered a Dillard's store in Tampa and stole 10 Brahmin handbags. The items are valued at approximately $3,115. This is considered stealing, and the women can be severely punished if they are arrested. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is requesting information on the two African-American females that stole the handbags and hopes to arrest them for their crime.

According to the Florida Penal Code, a person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains the property of another with the intent to deprive another person of the property or to benefit from the property. It is also considered theft for a person to use the property of a person when he or she is not entitled to use this property. Grand theft is charged when the property taken is valued at more than $300. This is normally considered a third degree felony and is punishable by up to five years in prison.

When people steal from a retail store, as in the instance above, it is considered shoplifting according to the Florida laws. This means that if a suspect deprives a retail store or business of any property illegally, it is considered shoplifting. The severity of a shoplifting charge depends on the value of the property that was taken. Shoplifting can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the times and the nature of the case.

Sometimes, individuals are falsely accused of shoplifting. For example, if a person forgets to set down a purse that she sees in a store, and accidentally wanders out of the store with the purse, then this could be a false accusation. Also, there are times that thieves will frame unsuspecting shoppers in order to get their desired objects outside of the retail store. If you have been accused of shoplifting and would like to combat your charges, you need to talk to a Tampa criminal defense attorney at Thomas & Paulk today for more information!