Client was held outside of a local store for allegedly shoplifting. The police were called. During the interaction, the officer turned the item over to the manager. The manager took the item back into the store to “check something out” about the item. All the interaction was caught on the officer’s dash cam, except when the manager went back into the store.
The police created a chain of custody issue when the manager was given the item, and went back into the store, out of sight of the officers. Case dismissed.