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Category: Shoplifting / Retail Theft

9 Common Shoplifting Techniques Authorities Watch For

From neighborhood convenience stores to chain supermarkets to high-end retailers downtown, Chicago businesses of all kinds are being hit hard by shoplifting.

 

Retail theft crimes can affect these businesses in a big way, hurting profits, shrinking product inventory, and increasing production costs.

 

In response to rising rates of shoplifting in our city, retailers and law enforcement officials alike are taking serious measures to combat retail theft crimes. Law officers, loss prevention personnel, and store employees alike are trained [...]

How to Defend Someone Who Has Admitted Guilt

Picture this: It’s a chilly winter’s evening in Chicago, and Michigan Ave. is aglow with Christmas lights and bright storefront windows. Snowflakes melt on the ruddy cheeks of shoppers as they bustle down the street with their arms full of bags, laughing as they make their way to the CTA station.

 

Everything’s peaceful and serene until suddenly—a siren goes off, and someone darts out of a high-end store holding an expensive necklace. Unfortunately for this person—let’s call him “Frank”—there’s [...]

Steps Stores Are Taking to Prevent Retail Theft

If you’ve gone shopping recently, you may have noticed security cameras strategically placed around the store, merchandise with electronic article surveillance tags, or signs that said something like “We press charges for shoplifting.” Retail theft is a larger scale crime than most shoppers think, and many retailers have started taking extra precautions to minimize the loss of merchandise.

 

Nationwide, more than $13 billion worth of consumer goods are stolen every year. Each state is responsible for implementing its own [...]

What To Do If You Accidentally Shoplifted

You might scoff at the idea that someone could “accidentally shoplift” – until you mistakenly do it yourself. Maybe you had a lot on your mind while you were shopping and simply forgot to go through the checkout line. Or maybe you were shopping with your kids and failed to notice the youngest slipping a small item into your pocket or purse. Whatever the case, you may now find yourself facing retail theft charges over an honest mistake.

 

Although [...]

When Retail Theft Accusations Are Rooted in Racial Profiling

The majority of white shoppers probably don’t give too much thought to walking into a store and passing a security officer. However, many African-Americans and other people of color have a different experience. In some cases, black shoppers have even been accused of or charged with retail theft for items that they legally purchased.

 

Detroit Civil Rights Attorney Accused of Shoplifting

 

One of the most recent high-profile incidences of this alleged racial profiling in retail stores comes from [...]

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Is It Theft, Robbery, or Burglary? How Illinois Defines Each Crime

Burglary | Robbery | Theft

Many people use the terms “theft,” “robbery,” and “burglary” interchangeably in daily conversations. Which makes sense. After all, each term – in general – addresses the same topic.

Legally speaking, however, the terms describe three different and specific types of criminal offenses. If you’re facing criminal charges related to stealing something, you need to know the legal definition of each term.

Theft in Illinois

Illinois Statutes Chapter 720 §16-1 defines theft as obtaining the property of someone else through deception [...]

Did You Know You’re Paying Not to Seal Your Illinois Criminal Record?

Record Sealing

You’ve served your time and paid off fines for your crimes. Everything should go back to normal, right?

Not so much.

Even if you are only arrested, or if you are charged but acquitted on those charges, it creates a criminal record. A record that will follow you if you don’t take action.

Having a conviction on your record is especially hard because state and federal laws automatically ban you from holding certain positions, getting certain jobs, and even exercising [...]

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