Larceny of merchandise from a store or business establishment. Theft of goods displayed for sale. State v. Boyd, Cir.A.D., 5 Conn.Cir. 648, 260 A.2d 618, 622.
Essential constituents of "shoplifting" are
(1) willfully taking possession of merchandise offered for sale in mercantile establishment,
(2) with intention of converting merchandise to taker's own use without paying purchase price thereof. Yearwood v. State, 2 Tenn. Cr.App. 552, 455 S.W.2d 612, 617

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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