If the accused only stole or shoplifted relatively inexpensive things from several stores, how can it be a felony?

New Hampshire law allows the police and prosecutor to aggregate - add together - the value of multiple items or things of value taken in a single "scheme or course of conduct."  NH RSA 637:2,, V(a). This is true even if there are multiple victims — that is, if the property was taken from a number of different individuals or businesses. Whether a series of criminal acts falls within a single "scheme or course of conduct" will be determined based on the accused's mental intent, which is a question for the judge or jury deciding the case. State v. Sampson, 120 N.H. 251 (1980). 

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