Two women in Pennsylvania were recently charged with felony
theft after police said they stole Walmart merchandise totaling thousands of
dollars. The women who are accused of theft are said to be 54 and 59 years
old. The pair left a Walmart store with a buggy of goods that hadn't
been paid for, police reported.
According to authorities, in October, the women had pilfered four iPads
as well as other items worth more than $2,000. The women were arrested
a month later. This happened because one employee at the store recognized
the pair when they returned to the shop and then called police immediately.
Police identified the women in security camera footage.
The women's bail was set at $10,000. One woman was released on bail,
while the other remained detained. The one who is still detained pleaded
guilty last year to theft charges tied to the retail setting; the one
who was freed had previously entered a guilty plea in 2007 after being
charged with receiving property that had been stolen.
Although the community may rush to judge the two women as guilty of theft,
they are not considered guilty unless prosecutors can furnish proof of
this beyond a reasonable doubt. They have the right to aggressively fight
the theft allegations in court, or they may choose to plea bargain with
prosecutors if given the opportunity. Both women are entitled to certain
legal protections under Pennsylvania law, and one of the main focuses
of their criminal defense teams is to ensure that their legal rights remain
safeguarded during their entire time in the criminal justice system.
Source: statecollege.com, "Two Women Face Felony Charges After Walmart Theft", Dec. 1, 2014