A 34-year-old woman may have avoided felony charges of fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property based on the argument that a sale at the store in question reduced the value of the items allegedly stolen. The woman was said to have been caught on video stealing clothing from a New Springfield department store around 8:15 p.m. on July 15.
Police originally charged the 34-year-old with two felonies based on the premise that the stolen goods were valued at $1,333.76. A felony charge is applicable when property has a value greater than $1,000. According to a law enforcement offer, the woman protested that the clothing that was taken could not have been worth that much because the items were on sale.