When an individual steals property from a retailer, he or she commits shoplifting. The crime is often committed by placing merchandise in a bag, purse, or pocket.
Amateurs vs. Pros
Most shoplifters are amateurs and seek out the thrill they get from stealing. They do not rely on shoplifting for an income but may shoplift often. Amateurs are the most likely to get caught. On the other side, there is organized theft. These professional shoplifters are highly skilled and do not often get caught. Many pros use teams and elaborate scenarios to commit their crimes successfully. The professional shoplifters rely on shoplifting to make a living.
Shoplifters have many different backgrounds. There is no one stereotype for a shoplifter. Some steal for need while others steal out or peer pressure or for excitement. Children and the elderly sometimes shoplift without realizing they are even committing a crime.
Theft costs retailers billions of dollars every year. Studies estimate the US loses 33.21 billion dollars per year to shoplifting. Retailer inventory loss is between .7%-2.2% every year of gross sales. There are businesses that are forced to close due to excessive shoplifting. The costs from shoplifting are passed along to the consumer as the retailer is forced to mark up prices to balance to losses.
If you have been accused of shoplifting and are need of legal counsel, contact the West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. today by calling 561-353-2800 today.