In Kansas, shoplifting is often considered the act of taking merchandise from a store or business place without paying for it. In addition to concealing an item in order to avoid paying for it, other shoplifting acts include altering merchandise price tags, removing alarm tags from products, and switching the merchandise packaging or container to avoid paying the full retail price of the stolen item.
These type of shoplifting crimes are often classified as misdemeanors or felonies in the state of Kansas. Like other charges of theft, the severity of charges or punishment for the crime generally depends on the value price of the stolen item and the criminal’s previous record of theft-related charges. Below is a list of penalties given for different shoplifting thefts.