Shoplifting is a crime that involves taking merchandise illegally from any store, shop or market place. Shoplifting is a serious crime with charges and penalties depending on the case and the value of the stolen items, it can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor as per the nature of the crime. Shoplifting is an act of deception in the eye of the law, such as switching price tags from products, changing labels of the items, consuming food and hiding wrappers in pockets or somewhere else which is a theft, eating at a restaurant and leave without paying the bill or walking out of a store without paying for items which you have taken from the store.
Shoplifting in California
California Penal Code Section 459.5 PC describes shoplifting a misdemeanor offense in California state and is defined as entering during regular business hours into a business place, commercial establishment, store, shop or market with the intent to steal merchandise worth $950 or less. The crime is punished up to 6 months in jail and a fine up to $1000 as punishment. Any other entry into a commercial establishment or any market place with intent to commit larceny or steal is considered as burglary in the eye of law.
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