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Kentucky Law has various categories regarding theft. For example, there is Theft by Unlawful Taking, aka 'TBUT', KRS ***.*** . The dollar amount of the theft determines if this is a felony or misdemeanor offense. If it is over $500.00, the theft is considered a Class D felony. If it is under $500.00, the theft is considered a Class A misdemeanor.
Shoplifting items is considered a 'TBUT'. Shoplifting is an offense that store owners can detain the suspect until police officers arrive. If a police officer is called to a store, TBUT Shoplifting under $500.00 is a misdemeanor offense that a police officer can arrest for, without witnessing the offense.
See also, Theft by Deception (cold checks) ; Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property ; Identity Theft ; Theft of a Motor Vehicle ; Theft of a Motor Vehicle Registration Plate.
View Kentucky Revised Statutes regarding THEFT.