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I just need to know what I should do next. I am worried they might try to arrest me when I go back in.
Unfortunately, an arrest is certainly possible. As you suggested, the actions you described could certainly be considered theft and, as such, could lead to an arrest and a criminal prosecution. On the plus side, the charges are not terribly egregious. The first benefit from this would be that you would likely have a very reasonable bond and would be eligible to be released very quickly after an arrest.
Another benefit from the charges being fairly innocuous is that you would likely be able to obtain a rather favorable result. With your lack of a criminal history, I would think that you could resolve the case by being placed on probation and paying fines and costs.
Your question was extremely broad, please let me know if anything requires clarification.
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I guess what I am trying to ask if it is possible to ward off criminal convictions if I were to pay the amount back in full and resign from my job, and if I am to speak with officers should I contact an attorney?
Well, I suppose it is "possible" to avoid a criminal conviction by paying the amount back and resigning your position. However, this would really be up to Best Buy. You could certainly make that offer and see if they find it an acceptable resolution.
And yes, it would be wise to retain an attorney if a criminal case is initiated. A criminal defense attorney could obtain all the discovery from the prosecutor, review everything for any legal issues, engage in plea negotiations and help ensure the best possible result.
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