Theft

Author:Jeffrey Lehman, Shirelle Phelps
 
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A criminal act in which property belonging to another is taken without that person's consent.

The term theft is sometimes used synonymously with LARCENY. Theft, however, is actually a broader term, encompassing many forms of deceitful taking of property, including swindling, EMBEZZLEMENT, and FALSE PRETENSES. Some states categorize all these offenses under a single statutory crime of theft.

CROSS-REFERENCES

Burglary; Robbery.

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