Category: Shoplifting

Shoplifting forms a unique intersection of potential criminal and civil litigation.

Unlike theft from an individual’s house or car, shoplifters interact with a business trying to preserve its goods — and affordability. You’ve likely heard statistics about how shoplifting increases prices for paying consumers.

If you’re one of those paying customers, you wouldn’t appreciate false identification as a shoplifter. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to an 11-year-old boy.

Safeway security

Christmas is a time to share – and a time to shower others with gestures of goodwill and happiness.

Even the Grinch, who found it in his heart to return all the gifts to Whoville (and bring some cheer to Littleton in real life) understood the error of his ways. Real life isn’t quite as simple as recognizing why you did something wrong, though. The difference between those who are

 

Theft is a serious charge that can bring severe consequences. Whether your specific charge is a misdemeanor or a felony will depend upon several factors, including: the monetary value of the property allegedly stolen, whether or not the alleged crime involved a weapon, exactly how the alleged theft occurred, and whether or not you have a criminal history.

 

Felony theft convictions can carry weighty fines and jail sentences

 

There are two general types of criminal charges in Colorado: misdemeanors and felonies. Within each of these categories are hundreds of different types of crimes, including assault, theft, or possession of controlled substances. Many of these acts can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the amount of damage done or the amount of substances involved.

 

Let’s take a look at theft.

 

Some theft crimes

 

In many cases, shoplifting is prosecuted as a misdemeanor in the Colorado courts. Not always, though.

 

What circumstances may arise to make the charge a felony offense?

 

In December 2016, police officers were called to a investigate a report of shoplifting at King Soopers in Arvada. The woman suspected of shoplifting was hiding next door in the bathroom of Walgreens. She had allegedly stolen about $75 in