Extrajudicial Measures

Scenario

Comic Book Shoplifter
James has just turned 12 years old. He goes to Mr. Chin’s store with his friend, Max. While Max is distracting Mr. Chin, James steals a $40.00 collector comic book, hiding it under his shirt. Mr. Chin stops him outside the store and finds the comic book. The police are called and James is arrested. It is James first offence.

How would you deal with James if you were the police officer? Select one of the answers below:

  1. Warning
  2. Referral to a community agency
  3. Caution
  4. Charge with offence

Post your response on the Discussion Board.

What did the officer do?
The police officer decided that since this is James’ first offence, he would take James home to his parents. He told both boys that they could not go back to that store. James was given a warning by the police officer.