Is a video tape evidence by and of it self enough to convict someone of shoplifting beyond a doubt by the criminal code?
Matter a fact, a video tape may even help the defense more.
Video normally only captures part or parts of the crime, and
what it does capture can be interrupted differently by different
people, or even innocently explained by the subject.
a video shows you walking up to a wallet display and then
putting a wallet in you pocket.
but it doesn't show you leaving the store with out paying for
it, or even how you bought a new wallet there earlier that day,
came back to look at other wallets and when doing so you left the
"wallet you paid for" on the display by accident, and then was
It's best for stores never to mention they have anything on tape
to the person being arrest, or even to the police. The video tape
should only be used in court as the last part of evidence, if even
When a security person says "I have you on tape", it normally
means their new to their job, and gives your attorney the right to
ask for a copy of the tape "before" going to court.