9-421. Taken or converted merchandise — Evidence. In any civil action for a violation of the shoplifting laws of Idaho, photographs of the goods or merchandise alleged to have been taken or converted shall be deemed competent evidence of such goods or merchandise and shall be admissible in any proceeding, hearing or trial to the same extent as if such goods and merchandise had been introduced as evidence. Such photographs shall bear a written description of the goods or merchandise alleged to have been taken or converted, the name of the owner of such goods or merchandise, or the store or establishment wherein the alleged violation occurred, the name of the accused, the name of a peace officer, the date of the photograph and the name of the photographer. Such writing shall be made under oath by a peace officer, and the photographs identified by the signature of the photographer. Upon the filing of such photograph and writing with the authority or court holding such goods and merchandise as evidence, such goods or merchandise shall be returned to their owner, or the proprietor or manager of the store or establishment wherein the alleged violation occurred.
[9-421, added 1980, ch. 244, sec. 1, p. 564.]