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Retail theft isn't limited only to leaving with unpaid items

We have often discussed cases involving various types of theft. One type of theft that some of our Maryland readers might like to know more about is shoplifting. There are various aspects to shoplifting that some people might not have considered.

Shoplifting is usually thought of as taking items from a store or business without paying for the items. While that is a common form of shoplifting, it isn't the only form of shoplifting. People who change tags on items to avoid paying full prices or the correct prices for the items can also be charged with shoplifting. When you think of shoplifting in those terms, you probably start to realize how broad the definition of shoplifting actually is.

Switching price tags isn't the only way that a customer might try to avoid paying the correct price for an item. Some people might put an item into a different container. Other people might damage the item on purpose so they can ask for a discounted price.

Some of our readers might find it really interesting that a people can be charged with shoplifting even if they don't leave the store with an item. People who try to hide merchandise while they are in the store might face shoplifting charges, even if they don't try to take the item out of the store.

No matter who is facing the shoplifting charge or what the circumstances behind the shoplifting charge, there is one factor that remains the same. Every person facing shoplifting charges has the right to present his or her defense against the charges. Knowing the laws and learning how they apply to your case might help you as you fight against Maryland shoplifting charges.

Source: FindLaw, "Shoplifting" Oct. 31, 2014

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