Definition of Theft (Short Version) - Texas Penal Code

§ 31.03. THEFT.

 

(a) A person commits an offense if he unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of property.

 

(b)  Appropriation of property is unlawful if:   

                            

            (1)  it is without the owner's effective consent; 

                    

            (2)  the property is stolen and the actor appropriates the property knowing it was stolen by another;  or

 

            (3)  property in the custody of any law enforcement agency was explicitly represented by any law enforcement agent to the actor as being stolen and the actor appropriates the property believing it was stolen by another.

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Alexandria - February 14, 2008 10:25 AM

I was at a big brand name store and placed some items in another stores shopping bag. The total was something like $290.00. I didn't think anyone saw me but there was a police officer standing near me talking to his girl on the phone. I thought he was following me but then I didn't see him anymore so I thought he left. I got everything I needed for valentines day and decided to leave the store. Just when I got to the door to go outside I saw a lady with a radio. My friends told me that if I did not go out of the store they could not arrest me for shoplifting but they did. The lady and the police officer that was on the phone called a local police officer and he took me to jail.
I got to the door and saw the lady and decided not to go out but she stopped me and told me she watching the cameras and saw me put the things in tne bag. She knew most everything I had in the bag but can they arrest me if I did not go out the door? When I tryed to read the law codes it doesn't say anything about leaving the store. I was arrested one other time for shoplifting and when I was in jail everyone told me not to leave the store so I didnt. I live in Texas.

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