If I was seen shoplifting but dropped the stolen item and ran, will I be prosecuted?
Question Details: My friend attempted to shoplift from a store. He made it out the door and then security tried to stop him. He dropped the stolen item worth about $60-$70 and ran. He was not stopped. Will they try to find out who he is and prosecute him?
We can't say if they will or won't, since that depends on the personalities and values of the persons involved (e.g. store management): do they feel it's worth their time, given that they got the item back? do they feel that anyone who tries to steal from must be punished? etc.
What we can say is that dropping or returning the item after first illegally taking it is NOT a defense: he is legally as guilty as if he got away with the stolen item. So if they want to pursue this, he could be charged.
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