Can a person be arrested after being allowed to leave to a store if they tried to steal but left all merchandise in the store?

Asked on November 13, 2014 under Criminal Law, Missouri


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes, they can be arrested if they "tried to steal but left all merchandise in the store," because *attempted* theft is a crime, and what you describe is attempted theft. If the person makes the attempt, the fact that they did not carry through or complete it does not mean they did not commit a crime.

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