5 Examples of Theft Crimes
Theft is a common crime throughout the U.S., but it is especially prevalent in California. Theft is defined as the unlawful assumption of another person’s property, with the intent to permanently deprive that person of their property. There are many different kinds of theft including larceny and burglary, and depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime, theft can either be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Some of the most common theft crimes include:
Petty Theft: One of the most common types of theft is petty theft. Petty theft involves stealing small amounts of cash or goods, and is usually charged as a misdemeanor. Shoplifting is an example of petty theft.
Automobile Theft: When someone takes another person’s vehicle it is known as automobile theft. Examples include carjacking and grand theft auto. Depending on how and why the crime occurred, it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
Extortion: Extortion is a type of theft crime that is charged as a felony in all 50 states. Extortion involves using intimidation or threats of physical harm, oral or written, to obtain property or money from people.
Theft of Services: Using unlawful means to obtain access to various services like Wi-Fi or cable is known as theft of services and can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the extent of the crime.
Identity Theft: Identity theft has grown into one of the most common types of crime and involves using someone’s personal information without their knowledge, such as name, address, Social Security number, or credit card number, to commit other crimes. Identity theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
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