Self-checkouts Leads to Increase in Theft Charges

Woman scanning items at self checkout

Many stores, such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Home Depot, implemented and/or increased the use of self-checkout registers in their facilities since the pandemic. However, these stores have also experienced increased loss due to skip-scanning at the registers. Skip-scanning is when a customer using a self-checkout deliberately does not scan or pretends to scan the product before putting it in the shopping bag. Therefore, these stores have since cracked down on theft using loss prevention departments and increased the use of cameras and other advanced technology in these areas. A theft prevention specialist is usually behind the scenes watching the cameras and will come out when they suspect a theft has occurred.

If stopped by a loss prevention specialist you will be taken to an office where you will be questioned, it is in your best interest to not say anything. The local police most likely will be involved and will issue a citation. At this point, you will need to contact a criminal defense attorney to take the next necessary steps.

A charge of theft under $1,000 is a first-degree misdemeanor and subject to legal, civil, and personal consequences. Immediately consulting with a criminal defense attorney is crucial when facing a charge like this to ensure the best outcome.

If you or a loved one is accused of theft, contact Hartwig Law LLC at 330-899-4446 today and schedule a free consultation.

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