OK, sure, some punishment is called for here, but a felony?
FEBRUARY 26--Meet Lendsey and Delilha Harbin
The married couple went to the movies Saturday night at a multiplex in Portage, Indiana, where they watched “Snitch,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. When the action flick ended, the Harbins exited theater #13 and headed into theater #15, where the zombie film “Warm Bodies” was about to start.
The Harbins, however, had not purchased $6.75 tickets to the second movie, which resulted in the duo’s arrest for felony theft, according to a Portage Police Department report.
This story is getting attention because of the odd "felony gate-crashing" angle, but it illustrates a serious issue. All thefts in Indiana are classified as felonies, regardless of the amount involved. This will probably be reduced or bargained down to a misdemeanor, but still . . . the idea that you can get thrown into jail for six months to three years (for the lowest-level Class D Felony) regardless of the amount is sort of Les Miserablish.