Can a pawn shop file charges if they forgot to actually take the money and let a person leave?

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Can a pawn shop file charges if they forgot to actually take the money and let a person leave?

Went to pick up a TV that was in pawn
there. Took my ID, seen 218 was owed.
Didn’t exchange any money, was seen on
camera putting the money back in pocket.
Cashier printed a receipt for 218
which I have since lost then wrote
‘218 paid’ on the pawn ticket which I
then signed, he gave me the TV, I then
left. Only to wake up with a letter on
my door explaining they are pressing
charged unless I come up with the money
in a week. I counted my lucky stars and
put the money to good use on bills n
such. So the money’s been spent.. They
don’t have any legal standing do they?

Asked on March 24, 2018 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, they do have legal standing if you don't now pay. Walking out by accident with the money is not a crime--you did not have criminal intent. But now you KNOW (since you were told) that you have their money (and they can prove you did not pay, since you were on camera pocketing the cash). Taking another person's property or money when you know what you are doing is theft. You can no longer therefore argue it was a mistake or oversight, since you have been put on notice it is their money. Therefore, if you don't pay it now,, you have committed a crime--you stole their TV by taking it without paying.


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