Re: Does the Store Have to Catch a Thief Before They Leave the Property or Not
What state is that? Pennsylvania?
Okay. Good obs by the employee.
A customer walks out of a store with unpaid merchandise. An employee follows him out the door and he drops the stuff and gets into a car and drives away. The employee stands there with arms raised as if to say "what are you doing" and gets the car's license plate number.
He can be prosecuted.
The store has video cameras. Is the image of him walking out without paying and the license plate number enough to take the theft to police? Can the person be prosectued after the fact or does he have to be stopped after exiting the doors or in the parking lot?
Most thieves do not come back to exact revenge from an employee. I have been at this for 20 years and have yet to ever hear of such a thing.
yes, you will have to get involved if the store calls the police and it goes to trial because they will need your testimony as to what you saw. Most these matters plead out, however, so I wouldn't stress too much.
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