My friend and I were caught shoplifting at Urban Outfitters in California. We are both 20 years old.
We beeped on the way out of the store and the manager told us to come back. Because we were scared, we kept walking and told her that we had somewhere else to be. The manager followed us out of the store and kept asking us why we beeped. We went to the mall bathroom in hopes that she wouldn't follow us, but she did. She made a scene inside the bathroom and said she contacted security and that security will call the police. The only thing she said on the walkie talkie is to tell the other employees in the store to call security and gave a description of us.
She took multiple pictures of us and took a picture of our IDs. She kept threatening to call the police, so because I didn't want them involved, I handed my stuff in. After handing in the stuff we stole, she told us that she already called the police and that we should get out of the mall ASAP. So, we did. Even in the long walk back to our car, we weren't stopped by security nor did we see any. The security office is right near the bathroom--a short 30 second walk which makes me question if they actually even notified them.
We didn't sign any legal forms nor did we speak with the mall security or police officer. The only thing she has is pictures of us and pictures of our IDs. We are also almost positive that we were not caught on camera, albeit we did look a bit suspicious as stayed in the same spot that blocked the camera from seeing us.
My questions are:
1) The security did not come even though the office is right near the bathroom and we stayed in the bathroom for well more than 5 minutes which makes me question: Did they actually alert the security?
2) If they did, I'm sure that pictures of us and our IDs are sent to their office. Do they (mall security and Urban) have the right to contact the police and pursue a legal lawsuit or civil demand even when we're no longer in the premises?
3) Will they be able to send a civil demand through the address in our IDs even though we didn't sign any legal forms stating that we were caught and were not stopped my security OR the police?
Please help me. I am so confused at the ambiguity of this situation and I want to know if I am actually in legal trouble or if she was bluffing.