Category: Shoplifting / Retail Theft

If you are apprehended for shoplifting in North Carolina, you can get accused of either a misdemeanor offense or an offense as serious as a felony. What you will be charged with depends upon the circumstances of your case. However, you may be subject to North Carolina’s new law surrounding organized retail theft and not even realize it.

As of December 1, 2022, new laws have gone into effect in the state that can considerably impact retail theft going forward, mainly if you work with others to commit retail theft in tandem.

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Shoplifting in North Carolina is not a simple crime. In fact, there isn’t just shoplifting in North Carolina – which refers to taking merchandise without paying for it – there’s also larceny. That is a charge that can be a whole lot worse.

What is the difference between shoplifting and larceny? Many people don’t know. But anyone facing one of these charges must understand the difference between them and how it can impact their future.

Read on to find out what you need to know.

Is It Larceny or Shoplifting in North Carolina?


Shoplifting is a crime some people view as not very serious. You may often hear it referred to as a victimless crime. But that is certainly not the stance that North Carolina takes when it comes to shoplifting.

In fact, a recent crime wave in Raleigh has law enforcement cracking down harder than ever on shoplifting in the city and around the state. Retailers have really struggled to stay in business during the pandemic. Shoplifting has been hurting their bottom line, so they’ve joined law enforcement to get tough on shoplifting and prosecute [...]

The holidays are a time of celebration, where families and friends come together to share some cheer. But the holidays have a darker side that many aren’t fully aware of – an increase in crimes.

During the holiday season, there are several North Carolina crimes that see an uptick. Being aware of these crimes is one way to protect yourself from getting involved in them.

Here are some of the most common holiday crimes and the penalties that can be faced in North Carolina if you are found guilty of perpetrating them.



Shoplifting may seem like a crime that only kids and teenagers pull, but the truth is that it can be quite sophisticated – and retailers and police will go to great lengths to stop it.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department created the Organized Retail Crime Task Force in 2019. The detectives in this unit investigated shoplifting by chronic offenders. From focusing manpower there, almost 600 cases were made over the course of a year, leading to almost 400 arrests.

If you are caught shoplifting, you can face serious consequences. But if you’re found working [...]