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Dishonestly removing goods from a shop without paying for them. Shoplifters could be charged with making off without payment under the Theft Act 1978, but it is more usual to charge them with theft under the Theft Act 1968. It is not legally necessary to remove the goods from the shop precincts in order to be guilty of shoplifting, but in practice it is advisable to wait until the accused has left the shop before stopping him, as it is then easier to prove the intention to steal (see also arrest). A cashier in the shop who deliberately rings up a lower price than the true price may be guilty of aiding and abetting theft.

Subjects: Law.

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