Shoplifting

 

 

Shoplifting is governed by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 266, Section 30A.   The law states as follows:

 

 

Section 30A.  "Any person who intentionally takes possession of, carries away, transfers or causes to be carried away or transferred, any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the possession, use of benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the value thereof; or any person who intentionally conceals upon his person or otherwise any merchandise offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of proceeds, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the value thereof; ..."

 

 

This theft crime also includes altering or removing price tags, moving merchandise into another container with the intent to pay a lower price and taking a shopping cart from the premises.  Law enforcement can make an arrest at the scene based on probable cause. This probable cause can be acquired solely on what a store employee or the employer observes and says to the police at the scene.

 

 

Penalty

 

 

If the value of the goods is less than $100, then a first offense is punishable by a fine of $250 and a second offense is punishable by a fine of $500. If the value of the goods is $100 or more then first offense is punishable by up to 2 ½ years in jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000. 

 

 
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