1 out of 11 Americans are shoplifters — that’s about 27 million people. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), over 10 million people have been caught shoplifting in the US within the last five years.
With habitual shoplifters stealing an average of at least once per week, it’s no surprise. But, what exactly happens when you’re caught shoplifting? The severity of the penalties for this crime depends on a few factors.