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Shoplifting is typically charged as theft under section 322(1) of the Criminal Code. Shoplifting specifically involves stealing merchandise or goods from a retail store without the intent to pay for them or without the consent of the store owner or employees. Shoplifting can take various forms, including concealing items, switching price tags, or leaving the store without paying for concealed items.
Penalties for shoplifting can vary depending on factors such as the value of the stolen property, whether it is a first-time offence, and the specific circumstances of the case. Penalties for theft, including shoplifting, include fines, probation, community service, and imprisonment.