Intentional Concealment Law and Legal Definition

A person commits the offense of intentional concealment if the person intentionally conceals the merchandise of a store or merchant while still on the premises of the store or merchant. Merchandise found concealed upon a person is prima facie evidence of intentional concealment. The intentional concealment of unpurchased merchandise which continues from one floor to another or beyond the last station for receiving payments in a merchant's store is evidence of intent to deprive the merchant permanently of possession of such merchandise without paying the purchase price. The discovery of unpurchased merchandise concealed upon the person or among the belongings of such person or concealed by a person upon the person or among the belongings of another is evidence of intentional concealment on the part of the person concealing such goods. Laws vary by state, so local laws should be consulted.