CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the evidence was sufficient to sustain conviction for theft?
Defendant was convicted of shoplifting theft. The evidence was that he removed several items from a retail store without paying for them. Defendant contended that he did not commit a crime by temporarily leaving his cart, which contained unpaid for items, near the customer service area and the exit, while he spoke with customer service employees. The Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that the evidence was sufficient to support the conviction of shoplifting theft, noting that the inference that defendant intended to purchase the unpaid for items in his cart after putting the items he paid for back in his vehicle was not a reasonable inference in light of the evidence that defendant and another who attempted to leave the store with the cart coordinated a hand off of the cart.
State v. Quaas, A19-2076, Beltrami County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.