Basic definition of theft.(1)A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it; and “thief” and “steal” shall be construed accordingly.
He didn't know about tesco's policy on refunds and exchanges, then.That wasn't their only mistake, wazziznaime. They also managed to catch said person taking something without paying for it, yet they messed up getting him convicted for it.
The Police And Criminals Evidence Act (PACE), defines theft as "the appropriation of goods belonging to another with the intent of permenantly depriving them of it".I f the colleague was under the belief that they had a right to take the item home then it's not theft. However. They can be disciplined for misappropriation of company property which is a beach of trust therefore gross misconduct and can be dismissed.As a rep, I would argue that if the company believe that a theft has taken place then they are duty bound to call the poice otherwise they could face prosecution for obstruction of justice in failing to notify the authorities of a criminal act. Very few store managers want the police parked outside the staff reception and plus it ties them up in red tape as a whole new can of worms gets opened.
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