Philadelphia man accused in TJ Maxx shoplifting incident

A man who fled from TJ Maxx loss prevention specialists after being accused of shoplifting was captured by police a few blocks away. The man was allegedly seen with two female companions in TJ Maxx trying to flee with $1,800 in stolen merchandise. According to reports, they put the merchandise into a bag inside the store and were stopped on their way out.

The suspects allegedly dropped the bag outside of the store, and the two women fled in a blue car while the man fled on foot. Police were called and given a description of the man, and he was seen shortly afterward nearby. He ran away when confronted, but police were then able to take him into custody.

The suspect was also carrying marijuana. He now faces charges that include retail theft, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

Shoplifting can be a serious crime particularly when it is for large amounts of merchandise or when shoplifting charges are added to other types of charges. Individuals accused of shoplifting or other theft-related crimes may want to speak with an attorney to understand the charges and what the penalties may be. Depending on the nature and circumstances of the crime, an attorney may be able to present a number of options to the accused. It may be possible to get the case dismissed, but even when this is impossible, the accused could also go to trial and be acquitted. A defense attorney may also be able to negotiate lesser charges. Some first-time offenders may even have the opportunity to eventually clear their records, and an attorney may be able to assist in explaining this process if it is relevant to an individual's situation.

Source: Main Line Media News, "Man arrested following police chase in another retail theft at TJ Maxx", Richard Ilgenfritz, January 18, 2014

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