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Police Officer Faces Retail Theft Charges

By Rogan Law  Sep. 13, 2012 10:19a

A police officer with the Scranton PD was recently charged in connection to an alleged shoplifting crime. D.A., who is 28-years-old, was accused of having stolen a total of about $60 in groceries from a local grocery store in July. Employees and security at the store reported three separate incidents within an approximate three week period where the officer allegedly concealed meat and cheese items in his cart and left the market without paying for them. D.A. was confronted by a security guard on the third incident and then signed a statement admitting to the offense per reports. The officer was subsequently put on administrative leave while an internal investigation is conducted. D.A. has been with the Scranton Police Department for seven years and is concerned about his future with the department and his creditability. There were no indications in released reports as to any reason why the officer may have stolen the $58.66 in groceries he is accused of taking. Theft crimes should not be taken lightly—talk to a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer today to find out what your legal options are.

Shoplifting and retail theft offenses may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the value of the items allegedly stolen. In general, theft of items with a value of less than $250 may be considered petty (petit) theft while higher value items could result in grand theft (and possible felony charges). The Pennsylvania petty theft and grand theft statutes can be very confusing so it is crucial that you have a defense attorney on your side that is skilled in dealing with theft crime cases.

Arrested or charged for a theft crime in northeast Pennsylvania?

Make sure you have a strong defense attorney on your side if you have been charged with any theft crime. These offenses, whether involving an alleged violent act or not, can have severe penalties including incarceration, expensive fines and restitution, community service commitments, probation and others. A lawyer at Rogan Law understands what you are up against in this situation and we may be able to help. We are dedicated to creating a strong defense strategy tailored specifically to each individual client and his or her circumstances. Contact an attorney with our firm right away if you have been arrested for shoplifting, retail theft, petty theft, grand theft, grand theft auto, carjacking, burglary, robbery or other offense. Don't let your freedom and your future be ruined by criminal charges!

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