I Was Caught Stealing From A Store And Was Ordered Not To Go Back To That Store. What Happens If I Do Go Back?
In Travis County, there is a new HEB (yes, the grocery store) program that is meant to keep track of all of the people who shoplift in their stores and have two prior theft convictions. A third felony theft conviction is a felony offense, and so HEB is specifically working with the District Attorney. HEB program members are on top of these cases and in the ear of the district attorney to put pressure on them to give serious sentences. For example, I have a case in which the defendant received a new theft offense while already on probation for theft, and HEB, through their loss prevention employees monitoring these cases, has contacted the DA and wants the defendant to receive the maximum punishment allowed under law, including often disused enhancement provisions.
This means that if you steal from HEB and you continue to go back to HEB, then there may be significant consequences. The district attorney I spoke to told me that HEB has high quality, sophisticated cameras including facial recognition that they are using to track and identify people who have committed theft offenses in their stores. These cameras are present in all stores—not just those where theft has occurred.
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