What exactly constitutes the crime of theft?
What happens to defendants who are accused of stealing from a retail store? If you have heard about a shoplifting defendant who was harmed during a "takedown" by a retail employee, you are not alone - but is that kind of treatment really legal? The fact is that too many New York business owners take matters into their own hands when they are dealing with shoplifters, often violating defendants' rights when it comes to property crimes prosecution.
A highly regarded teacher in New York's neighboring state has been dismissed from her job because of property crimes. The woman, who had been part of the New Jersey Governor's Educator of the Year program, was caught shoplifting in 2016. The fourth-grade teacher had been dismissed from her job after being arrested for property crimes on two separate occasions.