My question involves criminal law for the state of: Texas
Basically, I went into the store, and took 46 dollars worth of stuff. I had previously stolen electronic items from the same store a month or two ago but those did not total up to over 100 dollars.
As I was walking to the checkout, I saw a security guard eyeing me so I walked away pretty quickly and he followed me. Here I want to make it absolutely clear that I was not trying to walk out of the store itself, at least not at that point. I was walking to the checkout. Not sure of that matters. Anyway, after he started following me, naturally I tried to ditch the stuff, but he caught me ditching it. He made me go back and get every item I had dropped and then I emptied out my pockets and he said "do you feel like spending some time in jail?" So I of course said no. Then he asked where all the other stuff was, mentioning the electronics and indicating he knew that I had stolen from there before. I just said "I don't have any electronics." And then he asked why I did it, etc. and without anything further being said by him, I said "I'll pay for it."
So he responded "ok well then that's a different story." Then he escorted me to the front counter where I paid for the goods with a debit card. He didn't really keep behind me or anything or explain what was going on to the cashier, but he communicated with several employees from a distance and they all turned around to look at me whenever he spoke, so its pretty obvious he was telling them what was going on. I paid for the goods and left.
The I realized when I emptied my pockets earlier I had left my phone, so I ran into the store, grabbed it, and walked out. No more than 5 minutes had passed between when I walked out and when I walked back in, but the security guard was gone and business seemed to be going on as normal. Didn't get any weird looks.
The guy never asked my name or for any of my information, I never spoke to anyone besides him about the nature of what was happening or anything like that. So it seems like I got off for free. However the thing I'm concerned about is the fact that its a chain store not some little mom and pop shopping place and I hear they love to prosecute so I'm wondering why, if it wasn't the first instance of me stealing from that specific location, I got off like that?
I know this sounds extremely paranoid of me, but is there any way they can retrieve the information from my debit card transaction and get my address and name and all that, and then proceed to prosecute for the previous instance of theft, or for an instance of attempted theft or something like that? Is that why he didn't try to prosecute? This may not even be the correct forum to ask this question to, but I wasn't sure where else to turn. I mean I feel like even if they had the capability to do that, they wouldn't do it because it could have theoretically been anyone's debit card. And they cant exactly use that information to pursue legal charges on someone if they aren't certain of the card owner...can they?
Also he never said anything like "don't come back" or anything like that. Of course I'm avoiding the store like the plague anyway, but does this mean if I ever walk into that particular store again anyone can come up to me at any time now and just call the cops on me for the previous instance of theft that I did get away with?
By the way not to sound cocky or anything. I actually feel really terrible about this and have never done anything wrong in my life aside from this. I guess I just got seized by a bit of kleptomania. But I really don't need responses that just say "i hope you learned your lesson" or anything like that. I just need facts.