Re: Caught Shoplifting, Banned from Store, Reported to a Database
You can consult an attorney, but be careful - he may cost you far more than the cost of the civil demand.
While the retailer can - in theory - report you to the police, I have yet to ever see that happen in a late case like this. However, if you ignore the civil demand they can certainly seek restitution in court and that might cost you far more than the original civil demand amount.
It is unlikely that they will discover past offenses, but it is possible.
So, unless you like to gamble my suggestion would be to consider paying the civil demand if you receive one and cease your thieving ways.
A Nor Cal Police Sergeant
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... and a croissant!"
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