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JGM, Solicitor
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I was accused of shoplifting after accidentally dropping an

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I was accused of shoplifting after accidentally dropping an item into my bag instead of my basket. I almost immediately corrected this and continued shopping and paid for everything. I was then assaulted by a security guard and accused of being a shoplifter. Did I commit a crime?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Scots Law
Expert:  JGM replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question.
You didn't commit a crime as you rectified a mistake and you have no intention to commit the crime. Intention is a necessary component. Without criminal intent there is no crime of theft.
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