My question involves criminal law for the state of: Virginia
I have previously shoplifted at Target many times. The most recent time, I picked up several items and concealed them. However, after I noticed a Target employee following me around, I dumped the items and left the store. I got into my car (another stupid move - license plate). He had followed me out the store but didn't approach me. He saw me get into the car and let me get away.
Since I didn't steal anything that time (but had enough to suspect me and follow me around), CAN they review security tapes looking for other instances and prosecute me for that?
I am SO scared and all of this worry and the thought of damaging my future isn't worth those stupid DVDs. I'm so nervous they're going to show up at my door and I know they have a year to charge me.
Again, I frequented this store many times and I have stolen from there a lot - clothing, DVDs, cosmetics. If they see me pick up the item, but don't actually have tapes of me putting the items in my purse, can/might they do anything? What are the laws regarding concealment/intent in Virginia? I have gone through pages in this forum (literally I'm at page 67). I'm not asking for psychic answers...I just need some insight, please.
Also, if they have my license plate, or go through tapes to check previous times when I legitimately purchased items with a debit card (or returned items with ID), I assume the police have the capabilities of coming to my house for a search and seizure...which I am terrified for. And if they do find certain items, isn't it possible that I acquired these items from somewhere else? (I know it's a stretch but just saying)
I'm not a bad person. I have made some incredibly bad and stupid mistakes, and I would appreciate some insight. I am scared to death, which will certainly keep me from stealing EVER from ANYWHERE again. Thank you.