Virginia Code Title 18.2. Crimes and Offenses Generally § 18.2-105.1. Detention of suspected shoplifter
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A merchant, agent or employee of the merchant, who has probable cause to believe that a person has shoplifted in violation of § 18.2-95 or § 18.2-96 or § 18.2-103 , on the premises of the merchant, may detain such person for a period not to exceed one hour pending arrival of a law-enforcement officer.
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