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GRAND THEFT – 3RD DEGREE

County: Orange

Our client was trying on sunglasses at a local mall. Deciding that he did not want to purchase anything, he left the store. Unbeknownst to him, store employees suspected him of shoplifting and called the police. Our client was stopped while getting into his car and told that his sunglasses belonged to the store. He was arrested on the spot and charged with a felony theft charge. Criminal Trial Expert Benjamin Jones immediately pointed out what should have been obvious: No alarm sounded when our client left the store. There was no allegation of a “booster bag” being used to defeat the alarm (a “booster bag” is typically a shopping bag that is lined with aluminum foil designed to block RF sensors on merchandise). And, finally, there were no sales tags or stickers on our client’s sunglasses, nor was there any time for him to remove any such tags. When additionally confronted with the fact that the sunglasses’ fair market value was far less than the $300 felony threshold, the prosecution caved and dropped all charges.