Just for the sake of total transparency, I'm going to start listing facts that may be relevant; they did take down my info from my drivers license, wrote up and printed a report stating what I did, which they said I could sign or choose not to sign (I did not). They said that the paperwork was going to be emailed to someone, although they didn't specify who, and no attempt to call the police was made while I was there. While in the Loss Prevention room, I pleaded with them to let me repay the debt and any additional restitution in work or money outside of the court
system, or deal with it without involving the police. One of them texted one of their superiors who they said would decide if my case would be pursued, and she got a text back saying "prosecute", although I have no idea who they were texting, what it really said, and as I mentioned, no effort beyond entering data into the computer
was made in my presence. And I was there as long as possible in my efforts to avoid prosecution, they had to ask me to leave. They asked if I had ever done this before, and I told them I hadn't, which was a lie. When I was 18, I was charged with retail fraud
3, but it wasn't with them, and I haven't done it since. I'm in Michigan. Because they verbally mentioned that my theft was near their "minimum" I'm hoping that they a) won't check to hard to see if I have stolen before, b) may just decide not to pursue criminal charges, and c) may have just been hoping to scare me straight, and put me in their system. Thoughts?