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Wis. Court: Prosecutors Can Charge Multiple Thefts as Single Felony

Wis. Court: Prosecutors Can Charge Multiple Thefts as Single Felony

Updated: November 27, 2019 05:25 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Supreme Court says multiple shoplifting incidents can count as a single felony.

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The ruling stems from a case in Green County. Prosecutors there charged Autumn Marie Love Lopez and Amy Rodriguez with a felony in 2017 in connection with seven incidents of shoplifting at a Monroe Wal-Mart. According to court documents, Lopez worked at the Wal-Mart and voided out purchases Rodriguez made at a self-checkout register. They allegedly stole $1,452 worth of merchandise.

The women argued that prosecutors can’t combine shoplifting counts into a single charge and they should instead face multiple misdemeanor counts.

The Supreme Court disagreed, ruling 5-2 on Thursday that Wisconsin statutes allow for multiple thefts to be prosecuted as a single crime and the definition of the crime includes retail theft.

The women’s attorney didn’t immediately return a message.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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