Theft, Burglary, and Robbery
When a child goes to school one of the first things they are taught is that you cannot take what does not belong to you. Unfortunately, there are many people as adults who did not have this simple social skill instilled in them with much veracity as a child. The adult individuals who resort to taking other people’s belongings are criminals and can face harsh punishment for their crimes. . There are different ways in which a person can take something that does not belong to them; each of these criminal acts can be defined as theft, burglary, or robbery.
Theft is the act of taking something from another person and not intending to give it back to the rightful owner, and is often referred to as larceny. This is the simplest form of larceny and carries the least harsh punishment of the three crimes. There are different types of theft that are typically determined by the dollar value of the item(s) that were taken; they are classified by misdemeanor and felony theft. In North Carolina the law states, “Larceny of goods of the value of more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) is a Class H felony. The receiving or possessing of stolen goods of the value of more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) while knowing or having reasonable grounds to believe that the goods are stolen is a Class H felony. Receiving or possession of stolen goods as provided in subsection (c) of this section is a Class H felony. Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, larceny of property, or the receiving or possession of stolen goods knowing or having reasonable grounds to believe them to be stolen, where the value of the property or goods is not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), is a Class 1 misdemeanor” (G.S.14-72, n.d). Examples of theft can range from shoplifting, theft of a vehicle, taking a person’s lawn chairs, etc. The types of theft and the punishments they carry are all dependent on the value of the objects taken.