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Theft Crimes

In most jurisdictions, a charge of theft can refer to several different actions. In legal terms, theft is the crime of taking another person’s property without their consent. This can take the form of removing property from the owner’s possession or theft by deception.

To be convicted of theft, it must be proven that the property was stolen with criminal intent. This means that the alleged perpetrator committed the theft while knowing that the property belonged to another party and that they did not have consent to take it.

Types of Theft Crimes

As stated above, criminal theft can take several different forms. Most theft crimes are considered petty theft, meaning that the stolen property was not extremely valuable. However, tough penalties still apply even for minor theft convictions and high-value thefts are punished even more strictly. Some examples of theft crimes include:

Penalties for Theft

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