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Shoplifter “walks away” with stolen boots

On behalf of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas & Woodruff posted in Shoplifting on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mount Olive police arrested at 21 year-old Budd Lake man for allegedly shoplifting a pair for work boots from a local Famous Footwear. According to reports, during the evening of Saturday March 3, the alleged shoplifter entered the shoe store, tried on a pair of work boots and then purchased several items. A Famous Footwear employee noticed that the man was still wearing the work boots as he exited the store. After a brief investigation, the employee discovered the man’s old shoes were hidden inside the work boots’ box on the shelf. The quick-thinking store clerk was able to write down the suspected shoplifter’s license plate number and officers arrested the suspect at his home a short time later.

Under New Jersey law, the crime of shoplifting has several different meanings. A person can be charged with shoplifting for taking merchandise without paying full price, concealing merchandise with the intent to deceive the owner of its full value, altering, transferring, or removing the label or price tag of any merchandise with intent to deceive the owner of its full value, transferring merchandise from one container to another with intent to deceive the owner of its full value, or under-ringing merchandise.

Although generally perceived as a minor offense, shoplifting can lead to serious penalties depending on the retail value of the stolen merchandise. Shoplifting items valued at $200 or less is punishable with up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine, items valued between $200 and $500 is punishable with up to 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine, and items valued over $500 is punishable with 3-5 years and up to a $150,000 fine. N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11(c). Also, a third shoplifting conviction will result in 90 days of incarceration.

As with the punishment, the court which handles a shoplifting case is determined by the value of the merchandise taken. If the amount is below $200 the case will be heard in the municipal court of the town where the alleged crime occurred. If the amount is above $200 then the New Jersey Superior Court will hear the case in the county where the alleged crime occurred.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a shoplifting offense it is important to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney in order to ensure the best possible outcome. A criminal defense lawyer can get the store surveillance tape, interview store security and employees, and will vigorously defend your rights.

Source:

Nj.com, Mount Olive police say man walked away in stolen boots Mar 7, 2012.

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