Re: Case Law for Shoplifting
There are cases that support apprehensions before exit, after exit, eve, to support an arrest at the time of concealment.
I suspect that your local Sheriff's Department is operating under the District Attorney's guidelines, and they know that unless the defendant has left the store or is caught upon exiting, they won't file. My DA is one of those. Other counties will file so long as the defendant passed the last register. Perhaps you can contact a supervisor or administrator at the Sheriff's Department and ask them what the policy is for them taking a report for shoplifting. It could be that the local deputies are operating under a misconception, or, just lazy.
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