Generally speaking, there are two forms of shoplifting:
- Shoplifting merchandise with a value under $100; and
- Shoplifting merchandise with a value over $100.
The penalties for shoplifting depend on the value of the merchandise stolen:
- If the total value of the merchandise is less than $100, a first-time offender is subject to a $250 fine, a second-time offender a $500 fine and a third-time offender faces a fine and or imprisonment in a jail for not more than two years.
- If the value of the goods stolen is more than $100, the penalties are more serious: up to 30 months in jail and a $1,000 fine, even for a first-time offender.