My question involves criminal law for the state of: P
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.
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?