Can you get charged with fines for shoplifting even if you didn't get caught that day ?


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DDX Project Profile
DDX Project answered

Yes, they caught your face on the cameras and they'll put you into a database until they feel bored one day and come to your house to arrest you. Most retail stores like Target put money into state of the art forensic facilities that government agencies sometimes use. Your best chance is just to return what you stole and say sorry.

Bikergirl Anonymous Profile

Yes .. There is no limit of time ... A theft can be investigated for a longtime before an arrest is made or charges filed.  Thanks to security cameras .. If you are foolish enough to steal  .. You deserve your just reward.

Cookie Roma Profile
Cookie Roma answered

Of course you can.  Say you shop lift at a mall.  They know someone has stolen merchandise but don't know who.  They go to the CCTV.  See you shoplifting.  They are somehow able to identify you (perhaps cameras showed you go to a car.  They run the license plate.).  They clearly would have good evidence that you are the thief. They can (and should) have you arrested. 

PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

If they have you on video they can charge you until the statute of limitations run out. Which is usually a few years.

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