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New Law to Effect Shoplifters and Local Jails

There's now a distinct difference between misdemeanor and felony theft charges.
Effective July 1 is a new law that will show a distinct difference between misdemeanor and felony theft charges.

Right now there is some ambiguity, but the new law is black and white. Any stolen property less than $750 is a misdemeanor and anything more is a felony charge.

Local store owner Lori Mitchell thinks that's not enough. She says whether it's five dollars stolen or 800 dollars stolen, the intent is still the same.

Vigo County Chief Deputy Clark Cottom says the new law will put more thieves in local jails rather than state prisons.

Vigo County reports most often to Walmart on US 41 for retail theft. Cottom says that doesn't mean the most thefts happen there. He says it means job well done for their staff on catching shoplifters.
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