Two men from Dorchester - Boston were arrested for Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges last week for allegedly stealing from two stores at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts.
According to the Braintree Police, one was allegedly observed stealing two bottles of cologne while the other man served as a lookout. Police also allegedly recovered over $400 of stolen merchandise from Macy's.
The Massachusetts Theft Crime of Shoplifting is the intentional taking of merchandise offered for sale by a merchant with the intention of depriving the merchant of its possession without paying for its value. A first offense Shoplifting charge only carries a penalty of $100 and a fine of $500 for a second offense. A third conviction for shoplifting carries the potential for imprisonment for up to 2 years in the House of Corrections.
By contract, the Massachusetts Theft Crime of Receiving Stolen Property is the receiving or aiding in the concealment of stolen property knowing it to have been stolen. The crime of Receiving Stolen Property carries a potential penalty of up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections for a first offense; and up to 5 years in state prison for a second or subsequent offense (or of the value of the items stolen exceeds $250).