So i went to HD today...actually went to two...first one was a quick, smart and lucky scenario....the second i think I got two greedy and was noticed....as soon as I walked out the door a man yelled hey you can take that...one glance it was an LP....i let go of the cart and kept walking...i heard him say i already i already called the cops...then yells hey...and heard him say on the radio "yeah he is walking into the parking lot" as soon as I got in the car two cops sped real quick through the parking lot....(he either didn't see what i got into or he cops didn't look for me every well..) they turn thier lights on by this time i almost at street ....i turn and the ramp to the highway is decently close ....as soon as I get on the highway one cop turns....anyways i made it home.....
So my question is what can they charge me with if i didn't take anything....is attempted theft a thing? If they pull me over and i have an empty car what can they put on me....i mean they could say i tried to steal things but i never actually took anything... Anyone stayed before? I mean i was mere mins from the cops being there as i walked out i think
I know from experience, if you pass the point of sale with the merch, weather you ditched it or not they will charge you with theft of those items. I know because I am currently paying restitution on a cart full of shit I left in the parking lot when I had to run. but if they didn't catch you then and there it sounds like you are okay. hopefully you parked far enough away that you're plates weren't caught by the outdoor cameras.