Shoplifting involves the theft of merchandise from a retail establishment. Unlike robbery (which involves the use of physical force when committing theft), shoplifting is typically classified as a larceny offense because an offender usually steals property from a store that was open for business.
While shoplifting may not seem like all that serious of a crime, an offender can face serious penalties. In addition to possible incarceration and fines, offenders can also be liable for civil penalties and may experience additional hardships by having a theft conviction on their criminal records.
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Shoplifting crimes are generally classified under one of the property crimes listed in Chapter 205 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. The value of the property that was stolen determines the grade of the alleged offense.
Alleged offenders are subject to the following sentences:
The court can also order offenders to pay restitution in all grades of shoplifting offenses.
Under Nevada Revised Statute § 597.860, offenders who are adults become civilly liable for the retail value of the merchandise or the fair market value of the other property stolen from or damaged on a merchant’s premises, plus damages of at least $100 up to $250, costs of suit and reasonable attorney’s fees. Parents or legal guardians of minors who steal merchandise from or damage property on merchant’s premises also become civilly liable for the same costs.
Civil actions can be brought against offenders even if they are not convicted of theft or damage. Establishments may seek these costs directly from offenders, and they can file civil actions in a Justice Court if the offender refuses to pay.
While it is rare for establishments to follow through with civil lawsuits, the possibility should not be dismissed. Some of the most common locations in the Las Vegas area where shoplifting offenses occur include, but are not limited to:
National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) — NASP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to raise public awareness about the harmful effects of shoplifting on youth, families and communities.” In addition to developing shoplifter education programs, NASP also conducts research into shoplifting crimes. On this website, you can learn more about NASP programs, self-help groups, and case studies. You can also visit Say No To Shoplifting, the NASP website dedicated to juvenile shoplifting programs and prevention for children caught shoplifting.
Five myths about shoplifting — This August 2011 article in the Washington Post by Rachel Shteir, the author of “The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting” discusses some of the most common misconceptions about shoplifting. In addition to the history of shoplifting, this article also examines prevention and rehabilitation issues. The article also makes some surprising points about who actually commits shoplifting offenses.
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