Retail Theft Charges Dropped Against PCB Chamber President

Prosecutors have dropped the retail theft charges filed against the president of the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Beach Police say Oltman stole two candy bars from the Dillard's Department Store at Pier Park on Labor Day.
She was supposed to be in court Monday for an arraignment, but that was delayed.
Surveillance video shows Oltman with a young child and the cash register.
She is purchasing multiple items and is looking around at other merchandise while the cashier rings up her items.
The video was the only evidence that could be presented to a jury.
And Greg Wilson, the chief state attorney says the video was not enough evidence to prove that she tried to steal.
"The attorney, the prosecutor reviewing the case, saw that there really wasn't any evidence of clear intent to steal,” said Wilson. “He reviewed the whole video and saw someone who is typically shopping, making several purchases of multiple items about the department store and in doing so purchased two candy bars. Two of which got paid for, two did not."
Wilson says that while it may seem like stealing a candy bar is insignificant, it is a misdemeanor and you can be prosecuted for it.


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