Storeowners complain new shoplifting law in Indiana too lax

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Maureen Hayden

June 17, 2014

$750 set as the line between a felony and a misdemeanor

INDIANAPOLIS — Retailers are relieved that lawmakers have fixed an error in a new criminal law that would have made it tough to arrest shoplifters. Now they want a harsher penalty restored for thieves.

They contend the real problem with the new criminal code that goes into effect July 1 is a provision that drops theft from a felony to misdemeanor if the stolen goods are valued at less than $750.