An individual’s mannerisms and appearance often determine how he or she is perceived. Georgia residents are often judged based upon what they are wearing, the bag they are carrying, the car they are driving and numerous other visual cues. At times, these judgments can be to the individual’s advantage; other times, they can have a detrimental impact and even lead to suspicions regarding shoplifting and/or other illegal activity.
Recently, one Georgia man was arrested and charged with shoplifting in addition to several other crimes. Store employees indicate that the man was walking through the department store placing items in his backpack. The man was arrested and later allegedly connected to several other crimes, including possession of narcotics, burglary and theft.
Information regarding what led to the man’s detention on the original shoplifting charge is unclear. Was he simply placing items in his backpack to assist with the selection process prior to purchase? Was he given ample opportunity to make the purchase prior to being detained? There are numerous questions that need to be answered regarding this original charge and the others that he has since been connected to.
Many assume that a shoplifting charge is a minor offense and will not cause lasting problems. In reality, like other crimes, a shoplifting conviction becomes a part of the individual’s criminal record and can affect the individual’s ability to obtain a job and more. As with most criminal charges, the individual will have to appear before a judge in a Georgia court. Prior to this appearance, he or she will want to make sure that the best possible defense is presented in order to obtain the best possible outcome.
Source: Canton GA Patch, “Suspect’s Crime Spree Included Burglary, Theft, Shoplifting“, Kristal Dixon, May 12, 2018