My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
3 months ago several items (16.99 ea) were taken on 2 different occasions (classic story did it once, they'll do it again) the same way, concealed in dressing room (huge big box retailer), tags/package left behind. LP# probably visible upon camera review. Used Credit Card on trip. Not stopped. Not followed. Not eye-balled. Went in several times after with no problems. One month later tried at another/different retailer and was apprehended. Was truly "awaken" by that event and now panic stricken over other offense. It's been 116 days (3months). Since Stopped visiting the store. No letters from court. No calls from police.
In your opinion and/or experiences, would something be done by now? If review of empty package (now, knowing reports are done) will they usually lay in wait for person to return or send straight to police?
Reading hundreds and hundreds of posts on here and on other sites, I'm aware of how dispicable shoplifting/theft is and is seen. Never having really read or known of the true consequences by law and it was a punch to the gut! Truly the darkest moment. Your time and response it greatly appreciated even though not deserved.