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Victoria Hill, Idaho Woman, Could Face 10 Years in Prison for Stealing $1.50 Can of Beer

August 15, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments

An Idaho woman could find herself facing ten years behind bars for stealing one can of beer worth about $1.50, KIAH reports.

The woman, 35-year-old Victoria Hill of Boise, was arrested Thursday after shoplifting a 24-ounce (0.7 liter) can of Steel Reserve Beer from a store. According to authorities, she placed the can in her purse and left the store without paying.

Hill was charged with felony burglary because she entered the shop “with the intent to commit the theft.” In Idaho, that’s punishable by a minimum of one year behind bars and a maximum of ten.

Boise Police spokesman Chuck McClure told KIAH: “She did stick the beer in her purse, which kind of says intent right there, and she walked past several open registers before exiting the establishment.”

Hill’s previous criminal record, which includes a 2004 conviction for grand theft, likely factored into the police decision to charge Hill with such a serious offense.

Still, many are left scratching their heads at the potentially harsh penalty Hill is facing.

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