Category: Shoplifting / Retail Theft

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.

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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 [...]

Shoplifting may seem like a common crime, but it’s also not one that is taken lightly. In fact, if you are charged with shoplifting in North Carolina, you could be facing felony charges.

There are many factors that go into determining the charges for shoplifting, but a conviction of either a misdemeanor or a felony can result in severe consequences for that seemingly minor “five-finger discount.” Here is what you need to know about shoplifting in North Carolina and the charges you may be hit with.

NC Shoplifting: A Tale

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When someone takes a chance and decides to shoplift from a store, they may assume if they get caught that it’s not a big deal. They may assume that they’ll be charged with stealing, get a slap on the wrist, and then move on with their lives. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality.

A 41-year old man in Taylorsville was arrested for shoplifting. He is now facing several charges, including larceny and concealment of goods. Both of these crimes carry serious penalties.

As with most other decisions in life, it’s good to ask yourself [...]

When you think of shoplifting, felony-level crimes probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, it’s likely images of teenagers sliding makeup or small clothing items into pockets and handbags instead.

Well, one group of five local women recently learned the hard way that shoplifting can indeed be a felony-level crime. The group of women engaged in organized retail theft with a shopping spree at a North Carolina mall, stealing products worth thousands of dollars from multiple stores.

Basic shoplifting in the state of North Carolina is a misdemeanor offense. When [...]