Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266, Section 30A, provides that offenders convicted of the crime of Shoplifting shall be punished by a fine of up to $250 if the value of goods is less than $100; a fine of up to $500 for a second offense; and imprisonment of up to 2 years in the House of Corrections for a third or subsequent offense.
In order to be convicted of the crime of Shoplifting, the prosecutor must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt:
- That the defendant intentionally took or carried away retail merchandise;
- That the merchandise was owned or possessed by someone other than the defendant; and
- That the defendant took or carried away the merchandise with the intent to deprive the merchant of its possession without having paid value for it.
- Shoplifting by Concealing Merchandise
- Shoplifting by Switching a Price Tag
- Shoplifting by Ringing Up a False Price
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