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Shoplifting is one of the most common types of crime in the United States. If you’re ever facing shoplifting allegations in Minnesota, you are at risk for being penalized with high fines and jail time. Actions that account for shoplifting include concealing or taking property without permission, switching a price tag to pay a smaller amount, and obtaining a good by false pretenses. 


Minnesota doesn’t have a specific statue dedicated to shoplifting. Instead, shoplifting crimes in Minnesota are viewed under the general theft statute. This means that potential penalties for shoplifting will depend on varying factors, including the value of the property shoplifted. Below are the maximum penalties possible based on property value. Exact penalties may vary and depend on one’s criminal history or other specifications of the individual case:
  • Property valued less than $500: Potential fine of $1,000 and 90 days in jail
  • Property valued less than $1,000: Potential fine of $3,000 and up to one year in jail
  • Property valued between $1,000 and $5,000: Potential fine of $10,000 and up to five years of imprisonment
  • Property valued between $5,000 and $35,000, or if the property is an explosive or a controlled substance (excluding marijuana): Potential fine of $20,000 and 10 years of imprisonment
  • Property valued more than $35,000 or if the property is a firearm: Potential fine of $100,000 and up to 20 years of imprisonment

In addition, Minnesota Statute 609.521 prohibits the possession of any device, gear, or instrument used in assistance to shoplifting, including any device used to disable an electronic surveillance system with the intent to shoplift. If caught, possible consequences include a fine of $5,000 and up to 3 years imprisonment.  

If you or a loved one is arrested for shoplifting, it is advised to receive counsel from an attorney or bail bondsman to review your options. Call AAA Bail Bonds at 612-900-3400 with any related bail questions and concerns.