UNITY, Pa. (AP) – Some retail stores in Pennsylvania are increasingly taking an approach to combat shoplifting that bypasses local police.
Stores like Walmart, Sears, Kohl’s and others are filing private criminal complaints against suspected shoplifters directly to the district attorney’s office.READ MORE: Clemson Continues Domination Of Pitt In 75-48 Loss For Panthers
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review found they accounted for nearly half of more than 4,000 shoplifting complaints filed in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties over roughly five years.
About 46 percent of those resulted in convictions.READ MORE: Nittany Lions Baffled By Murray Brothers, Lose 68-51 To Iowa
Legal experts say it’s within the law for store security personnel to question a suspected shoplifter and use the information in a criminal complaint, though some say it’s prudent to notify a suspect of Miranda rights to have an attorney.
Information from: Tribune-Review, http://triblive.comMORE NEWS: Ohio Redistricting Commission Once Again Fails To Pass Legislative Maps
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