Wyoming Shoplifting Law Excerpts

Title 6 — CRIMES AND OFFENSES

6-3-404. Shoplifting; altering or removing price tags and markers; penalties.

(a) A person who willfully conceals or takes possession of property offered for sale by a wholesale or retail store without the knowledge or consent of the owner and with intent to convert the property to his own use without paying the purchase price is guilty of:

(i) A felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), or both, if the value of the property is one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or more; or

(ii) Repealed by Laws 1984, ch. 44, § 3.

(iii) A misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or both, if the value of the property is less than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).

(b) A person who alters, defaces, changes or removes a price tag or marker on or about property offered for sale by a wholesale or retail store with intent to obtain the property at less than the marked or listed price is guilty of:

(i) A felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), or both, if the difference between the marked or listed price and the amount actually paid is one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or more; or

(ii) Repealed by Laws 1984, ch. 44, § 3.

(iii) A misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or both, if the difference between the marked or listed price and the amount actually paid is less than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).

 

6-3-405. Reasonable detention and interrogation of persons suspected of shoplifting or altering price tag; defense in civil or criminal action.

(a) A peace officer, merchant or merchant’s employee who has reasonable cause to believe a person is violating W.S. 6-3-404 may detain and interrogate the person in regard to the suspected violation in a reasonable manner and for a reasonable time.

(b) In a civil or criminal action for slander, false arrest, false imprisonment, assault, battery or wrongful detention based upon a detention and interrogation pursuant to this section, it is a defense that the peace officer, merchant or merchant’s employee had reasonable cause to believe the person was violating W.S. 6-3-404 and the detention and interrogation were conducted in a reasonable manner and for a reasonable time.

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