Sometimes, when we're out shopping there are those items we think we have to have. For one shoplifter, he wanted an item so bad it was enough for him to cause a scene in a Walgreens store. According to a news story, a brawl broke out between the shoplifter and a Walgreens employee. The reason? The shoplifter allegedly wanted six packets of Oral B replacement heads for an electric toothbrush. The Walgreens employee was trying to do his job by keeping the shoplifter from stealing, which is when the shoplifter pushed the employee to the ground and punched him in the head. He then fled from the store. In Denver and Arapahoe County, the shoplifter would face charges of Theft and Third Degree Assault.
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Theft Charges in Denver
The shoplifter would likely face charges of Theft, C.R.S. 18-4-401, for obtaining, retaining, or exercising control over the Oral B replacement heads (an item of value) without authorization. And, the shoplifter likely intended to deprive Walgreens of the item's use since he ran out of the store with the item. Theft can be charged in Denver and Adams County as a petty offense, misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the item. It can be charged as a class 1 petty offense to even a class 2 felony in Colorado.
Third Degree Assault in Jefferson County: A Punch Can End in Criminal Charges
Third Degree Assault is an extraordinary risk crime
Third Degree Assault, C.R.S. 18-3-204, as it applies to this situation, is charged whenever a person knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person. Bodily injury, 18-1-901(3)(c), includes physical pain. Getting pushed to the ground or punched in the head is painful, which makes it likely the shoplifter caused bodily injury to the employee. In Jefferson and Douglas County, he would face charges of Third Degree Assault. Assault in the Third Degree is charged as a class 1 misdemeanor and is an extraordinary risk crime, which means the maximum Jefferson County Jail sentence will be extended.
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