Philadelphia, PA asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: taking money from a.self checkout can I be charged criminally

it was left behind I didn't see who was there before hand

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2 Lawyer Answers

Andrea E. Mertz

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Reading, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Yes. The charge is theft.

Peter N. Munsing

  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: If you were charged you could plead not guilty. It's not clear who the money belonged to, so it was unclaimed property. It certainly didn't belong to the store. Now if you took it from the machine that's different.

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