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on Wednesday i found a suitcase full of clothes at my work

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on Wednesday i found a suitcase full of clothes at my work in a department store. i moved it to near the exit and intended to steal it but changed my mind at the last minute. the security guard found the case and suspected me and caught the evidence on cctv. i was interviewed today and admitted i had intended to take it but changed my mind. i have been suspended on full pay and await disciplinary. the ironic thing is that i was going to hand in my notice today as have a new job starting in a week. will the store be able to prosecute me as i did not take anything and do they have to tell my new employers that i am awaiting disciplinary action? the case had over one hundred pounds worth of goods and i dgdmt even make any attempt to remove it.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 5 years ago.
Is this your first offence?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.


Expert:  Jo C. replied 5 years ago.
Sorry but is your question about the criminal side of this or the employment?

I can help with the former but not the latter.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

the criminal

Expert:  Jo C. replied 5 years ago.
When you say that you were caught on CCTV, what does it show you doing?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

moving case to near exit and putting a pair of shoes in case

Expert:  Jo C. replied 5 years ago.
I'm afraid they could make a report to the police who could prosecute you.

They are probably saying I'm afraid that they do not believe that you did not intend to steal it.

Clearly there is no realistic chance of being charged with theft as the offence was not completed.

What they could do though is charge you with attempted theft. It is a defence to say that you had a change of heart but given the CCTV and general circumstances whether or not that is accepted is another matter.

Its to be hoped that your employer doesn't make a report.