Several incidents of petty theft have been reported at a drug store in Canyon Country recently. Believing the thefts to be connected to one-another, deputies working out of the SCV Sheriff Station decided to set up a sting operation which ended with a Canyon Country woman arrested on petty theft charges.
on June 4th, uniformed and plain-clothed deputies were dispatched to the area where they could keep watch both inside and outside the store. While deputies were watching, someone who is believed to have been committing the thefts showed up at the store, pocketed some makeup items, and then proceeded to leave without paying.
After leaving without paying, the suspect was arrested by deputies on suspicion of petty theft. Upon searching her vehicle, officers discovered narcotics. She was then taken to the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station to undergo booking and processing.
California Penal Codes 484a PC and 488 PC govern petty theft in the state. Petty theft is defined relatively broadly as “the unlawful taking of property that is valued at $950 or less.”
Most of the time, petty theft charges are pressed when someone physically takes property that doesn’t belong to them (theft by larceny) – much like the woman in the case above. However, it’s possible to be charged with petty theft when you steal something using fraud, a trick, or through embezzlement.
Petty theft is a misdemeanor, and the possible penalties include informal probation and/or up to 6 months in county jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000.