Retail Theft or Shoplifting in Pasco County, FL
A person commits retail theft when he or she, with the intent to deprive a merchant of the possession, use, benefit, or full retail value of the property, or does any of the following:
- Takes possession of or carries away merchandise, property, money or negotiable documents;
- Alters or removes a label, universal product code, or price tag;
- Transfers merchandise from one container to another; or
- Removes a shopping cart, with intent to deprive the merchant of possession, use, benefit, or full retail value.
Under Florida law, the thresholds for third-degree felony retail theft were created in 2001.
The crime of retail theft or shoplifting is charged as a third-degree felony, if the property stolen is valued at $300 or more, and the person:
- individually, or with one or more other persons, coordinates the activities of one or more individuals in committing the offense, in which case the amount of each individual theft is aggregated to determine the value of the property stolen;
- commits theft from more than one location within a 48-hour period, in which case the amount of each individual theft is aggregated to determine the value of the property stolen;
- acts in concert with one or more other individuals within one or more establishments to distract the merchant, merchant’s employee, or law enforcement officer in order to carry out the offense, or acts in other ways to coordinate efforts to carry out the offense; or
- commits the offense through the purchase of merchandise in a package or box that contains merchandise other than, or in addition to, the merchandise purported to be contained in the package or box.
Retail theft is charged as a second-degree felony when:
- A person has previously been convicted of third-degree felony retail theft; or
- Individually, or in concert with one or more other persons, coordinates the activities of one or more persons in committing the offense of retail theft where the stolen property has a value in excess of $3,000.