After Taking A Can of Beer, Idaho Woman Faces Felony Burglary Charge, Possibility of 10 Years in Jail

Retail theft is a massive problem costing retailers $37.1 billion in 2010. But how far overboard are Idaho police going in the case of Victoria Hill?

The 35-year-old Boise resident is being held in jail charged with felony burglary and faces up to 10 years in prison after swiping one can of beer from a local grocery store. That's right, not a keg, case or a six-pack -- one can

After spotting Hill taking the can and walking out of the store without paying last week, store employees called the police.

Once arriving on the scene, police took Hill into custody and arrested her on the felony charge after "finding" undisclosed evidence that she entered the store with intent to steal.

There's something you don't see very often -- a shoplifter who entered a store wanting to steal.

Maybe Idaho needs to update its burglary code. As it currently stands, according to the Idaho Statesman, the crime occurs when a person "enters any house, room, apartment, tenement, shop, warehouse, store, mill, barn, stable, outhouse, or other building, tent, vessel, vehicle, trailer, airplane or railroad car, with intent to commit any theft or any felony."

Until then, I recommend not entering a Idaho outhouse intent on stealing.

But in all seriousness, should stealing a single can of beer land someone a felony charge and possibly 10 years in jail?

Posted by Brent Dirks on Aug 18, 2011

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