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I am a manager at a retail store and had a customer leave s

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I am a manager at a retail store and had a customer leave his wallet at the front register. When he returned 4 hours later he claims $1100 is missing from the wallet! I have video proof that my cashier didn't take the money and I have video proof that I didn't take the money when I took the wallet to the office! He called the police and they came and talked to me and my cashier got our names ect watched video and I burned them a copy of the video! My only concern is that I don't have video of me walking from the register where he left the wallet back to the office where I took it bc we have no cameras there....I most certainly did NOT take his money but am scared bc I have no video proof of the 45-60ish second walk to the office with it. Can I seriously be charged for theft I didn't commit? The office didn't act like she believed I had done it but the accuser has been calling my store repeatedly about it and it makes me nervous!!!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. Can someone be charged with a crime they didn't commit, yes, it happens sometimes, but the likelihood of a charge is low unless there is some other evidence to support the theft. In addition, just because someone is charged doesn't mean they will ever even get to trial let alone be convicted.

The State prosecutor would have to have enough evidence to prove a theft beyond a reasonable doubt. Very difficult burden to carry and, in this case, unless your employee says the $1100 was in the wallet when it was turned over to you, there is no evidence that the $1100 even existed in the wallet, let alone that you took it. So, based on what you shared, there is little chance that this will go forward. This assumes the facts you supplied and that there is no other evidence, as I discussed, and no reason not to believe you (for example, you have convictions for theft in the past or your employee says you took the wallet with the money in it. )

Please feel free to ask for clarification if needed. If none is needed, then if you could take a moment to leave a positive rating in the box above, I will receive credit for assisting you today. Thank you

Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

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