As long as we have a couple of law folks here: Since actually seeing a crime happen seems to be the most common point in theses laws, what happens if I walk out my front door and I see my neighbor is trying to hold on to a guy on a bike. My neighbor tells me the guy is stealing his bike (let’s say this is true) and asks if I will help him. Since I didn’t witness the crime and wouldn’t recognize my neighbors bike if he ran me over with it, is my best option just to say no and offer to call the police? Any chance I could get in legal trouble for helping my neighbor? How about a civil suit?
If the last couple of days of coordinated thefts involving dozens of people hitting one store at the same time continue, shoplifting will probably seem a quaint tradition.