In various locations I've "infiltrated" I've noticed that there are locked chests. Usually there's a little bit of "red text" saying I can pick the lock - which typically indicates that this is a criminal act.
However, I don't know if I'd actually get busted for doing this in front of someone, and there's also not a "percentage chance of failure" like for stealing. I can't tell if I'm going to get into trouble or not before I start, which is important since I don't particularly like jail.
If I pick a NPC owned, locked item in front of witnesses, but don't steal any of the items, will I get into trouble with the law? What circumstances will cause me to get busted?