A person commits theft if he unlawfully takes another person's property without their consent and with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. Obviously, if he did not intend to take the other person's property, then it is not theft. For example, in an alleged shoplifting case, if you place a case of beer on the rack under your shopping cart, forget about it and then walk out of the grocery store without paying for it, you should not be held responsible. Or, if your child puts an item in your shopping bag without your knowledge and you leave the store without paying for it, you should not be convicted of theft.
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