Shoplifting in Phoenix

Shoplifting Charges in Phoenix

Under A.R.S. § 13-1805, a person commits shoplifting if, while in an establishment where merchandise is displayed for sale the person:

  • Knowingly obtains such goods of another with the intent to deprive that person of such goods by removing any of the goods from the immediate display or from any other place within the establishment without paying the purchase price
  • Charges the purchase price of the goods to a fictitious person or any person without that person’s authority;
  • Pays less than the purchase price of the goods by some trick or artifice such as altering, removing, substituting or otherwise disfiguring any label, price tag or marking, transferring the goods from one container to another; or concealment

The following are Class 5 felonies:

  • Shoplifting property with a value of two thousand dollars or more
  • Shoplifting property during any continuing criminal episode
  • Shoplifting property if done to promote, further or assist any criminal street gang or criminal syndicate

Other Felonies and Misdemeanors:

Shoplifting property with a value of one thousand dollars or more but less than two thousand dollars is a class 6 felony. Shoplifting property valued at less than one thousand dollars is a class 1 misdemeanor, unless the property is a firearm, in which case the shoplifting is a class 6 felony. A person who in the course of shoplifting uses an artifice, instrument, container, device or other article with the intent to facilitate shoplifting or who commits shoplifting and who has previously committed or been convicted within the past five years of two or more offenses involving burglary, shoplifting, robbery, organized retail theft or theft is guilty of a class 4 felony. Contact us today for a free consultation if you are facing shoplifting charges.