Understanding Theft and Larceny Laws in Illinois
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Understanding Theft and Larceny Laws in Illinois

Theft in the state of Illinois is a broad legal term that encompasses a wide range of subcategories, including larceny, burglary, embezzlement, identity theft, extortion, grand theft, fraud, petit theft, shoplifting, and carjacking.
 
In other words, there are all kinds of different ways that you can be charged – some of which you probably never really thought of as theft.
 
Illinois state laws describe theft as when a person knowingly:
 

Takes unauthorized control over another person’s money or property
Takes control over another person’s money or property by means of deception or threat
Obtains stolen property, knowingly or with a reasonable belief that the property in question was stolen

 
The penalties for theft crimes can vary greatly depending on the value of the stolen item(s), the particular type of theft crime, and other related circumstances.…

6 Different Ways Shoplifting Can Be Committed in Illinois
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6 Different Ways Shoplifting Can Be Committed in Illinois

Imagine this: Your grandma who just learned how to use the internet buys you a sweatshirt for your birthday on Amazon. It’s hideous, so you really want to return it, but you don’t want to go through the hassle of shipping. “Just return it to the local department store and get credit,” your mom says. “They have that exact sweater. Just say it was a gift from there.”
 
Go mom. Great idea! So you try it, but the clerks keep giving you weird looks and disappearing, and it’s not long before a big guy in a security vest tells you that you need to follow him. What the heck is going on?…

9 Ways Chicago Retailers Fight Shoplifting and Employee Theft
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9 Ways Chicago Retailers Fight Shoplifting and Employee Theft

From swanky boutiques on Michigan Avenue to family-run bodegas in Humboldt Park, Chicago retailers of all squares are being hit hard by shoplifting.
 
Ever year in Illinois and other states across the country, shoplifters cost businesses billions of dollars in lost merchandise. In response to the growing shoplifting epidemic, retailers are taking extra precautions to fight all forms of retail theft, including shoplifting and employee theft.
 
We’ve explored nine of the strategies used by Chicago retailers to combat retail theft below.
 
Optimizing store layout. You may notice that many stores are set up in a way that minimizes shoplifting opportunities. Such stores may have bright lighting and many mirrors, with low shelves and displays for optimal visibility.…