My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
I am being charged with Grand Theft (P.C. 487a) and Burglary (P.C. 459).
I made a series of fraudulent returns (6 to be exact) over 3 months that totaled approx. 14k, from a large company I recently quit from.
I would walk in and go to a register and return an item onto my debit card and walk out with out anyone noticing me.
A regional investigator came to my work and pulled me aside for a meeting. He told me that he just wanted to talk and for me to be honest. They basically had all the evidence they needed on me. They had me on camera.. he was able to tell me what I was wearing on certain days and they had all of the transactions I had done. I admitted to doing it and asked me if I had intentions on paying it back. I said of course I will so he added it all up in front of me and had me sign it.
At that point I thought I was getting off easy but then he made a phone call and I was arrested. Now I am out on bail. This is my first offense.
What kind of punishment am I looking at?
Also, I am confused by one thing... sorry if I confuse you too. The returns took place at two different stores in two different counties. About 7k was taken from each store. When I was arrested on the police report they charged it as 6 counts but it said $7,400. That is the total from one store not both but the 6 counts is for both stores.
Can anyone sort this out for me?