My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
I'm a freshly-turned-18 year old college student who's recently been facing some money troubles due to the state of the economy and the affect it's been having on the influx of customers at the restaurant I work in.
Today I did something that I deeply regret... I went to a CVS pharmacy today (in Alhambra, CA) and I was looking at some items in the skincare section (as I have bad skin) and a bottle of lotion caught my eye. The price also stood out to me ($17), and turned me off of buying it because it was more than double what I had expected to pay for the item. I bought a lip balm instead, as I was running low, but after I paid I returned to the lotion. Without thinking, I took it from the shelf and put it into the plastic bag I received for the lip balm, along with my keys, and walked through the doors of the pharmacy to leave. As I was leaving, the alarm went off asking me to return to the counter as I had triggered the Inventory Control System of the CVS. I panicked and walked to my car and drove away.
...What are the chances that I'll have to face something for this action? I'm extremely scared right now and I wish I could return the item but I know that's a foolish thing to do. I used their Extra Care card on the lip balm that I paid for, as I wasn't planning on doing this ... It was just a spur of the moment thing. I'm so embarrassed...
I don't even know what information I gave to them in order to sign up for the Extra Care card. I've had it for a few months now. I live less than five minutes away from the CVS location. If they knew it was me, would they be contacting me or coming to my home address right now? How long should I expect to wait to hear anything from them if they do decide to pursue it?