I am a nurse and property manager and do not want this on my record and more importanly cannot take a chance on any jail time. I had no intention of walking out with something I didn't pay for since I paid for all the other items I had. There was a box of medication containing three cards of pills and another box by the same company containing five cards of pills. As a nurse I was looking at the cards comparing the benefits of both and accidently placed two of the cards in the wrong box. I actually ended up paying for the ones I didn't plan on buying. I explained this to the store person but they just said it was on tape that I walked out with something that was not properly paid for. I just need to know how to get this taken care of without a record and jail due to my nursing job.
In Pennsylvania shoplifting is called "Retail Theft." There is a statute in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code entitled "Retail Theft" which defines what conduct is illegal in retail stores. The Retail Theft statute can be found at 18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 3929.
The Pennsylvania Retail Theft law makes the following conduct illegal:
A person is guilty of retail theft if s/he:
(1) 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 or benefit of such merchandise without paying the full retail value thereof.
-A person is guilty of theft if s/he intentionally obtains or withholds property of another by deception. A person deceives if he intentionally:(1) creates or reinforces a false impression, including false impressions as to law, value, intention or other state of mind.
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