Shoplifting is a form of theft that targets retail businesses. Someone goes into a store and deprives the business of the full value of certain items.
There are numerous different forms of shoplifting, from hiding items in clothing or purses to swapping price tags to avoid paying full price on items. Anyone who gets caught shoplifting will likely face charges. There are certain situations that could lead to charges under Colorado law even if someone doesn’t steal.
Did you remove or deactivate security devices?
Many businesses use special tags to help them reduce shoplifting. Sometimes, they use RFID tags that trigger an alarm system at the door. Other times, they use security systems that make it difficult to open items, like bottles of alcohol or video games.
If you tampered with, deactivated or removed security devices during a shoplifting incident, those actions violate a law about theft detection devices. If you get just caught possessing tools to tamper with security devices, that could lead to your arrest.
Did you intentionally conceal merchandise?
You don’t actually have to leave the store and steal anything to face theft charges in Colorado. The concealment of items while in a store is enough reason for loss prevention or security personnel to detain someone on suspicion of theft.
In other words, you don’t have to leave the store to get charged with a theft crime under Colorado law. Putting something in your pocket or hiding it in another item could lead to theft charges even if you never actually take the item out of the store.
Understanding the rules that influence shoplifting charges in Colorado can help you defend yourself against possible theft charges.