2012 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 13 - FORGERY, LARCENY, EMBEZZLEMENT, FALSE PRETENSES AND CHEATS
Section 16-13-140 - Defense to action for delay to investigate ownership of merchandise.


SC Code § 16-13-140 (2012) What's This?

In any action brought by reason of having been delayed by a merchant or merchant's employee or agent on or near the premises of a mercantile establishment for the purpose of investigation concerning the ownership of any merchandise, it shall be a defense to such action if: (1) The person was delayed in a reasonable manner and for a reasonable time to permit such investigation, and (2) reasonable cause existed to believe that the person delayed had committed the crime of shoplifting.

HISTORY: 1962 Code Section 16-359.4; 1965 (54) 537.

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