When residents of New Jersey visit their favorite retail stores to purchase clothing and other items, they often choose the products that they love the most and use coupons and sales for savings. Occasionally, however, some people simply cannot afford what they want or need and they give into the temptation of shoplifting. Because of constantly evolving technologies meant to detect inventory theft, shoplifting has become increasingly difficult to get away with. Shoplifting can lead to serious consequences, which can include large fines and even jail time.
Recently, police arrested five people for allegedly shoplifting approximately $3,000 worth of items from stores in New Jersey and Connecticut. According to the police report, products from TJ Maxx and Marshall's stores, with security tags still attached, were found in two cars associated with the five arrested persons. About 17 grams of marijuana was also found in one of the cars, leading to charges for the possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia for one defendant.
All five people in the group are facing charges of third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. One person will also be charged with possessing a shoplifting device. According to officials, the group of five is being held in jail on $25,000 bail.
Charges of shoplifting and theft may seem like small crimes, but these can have significant ramifications including expensive fines jail time. If you or someone you know is facing charges of shoplifting, it may be wise to consult with a criminal defense attorney.
Source: New Haven Register, "Cops accuse 5 of shoplifting from Milford store," May 22, 2014