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Theft, Grand Larceny, and Burglary

Rhode Island Theft, Grand Larceny, and Burglary Laws

Theft crimes range from obtaining goods by false pretense, grand larceny, burglary,to embezzlement. Rhode Island law states that it is unlawful for anyone to steal or take the personal property of another. Theft can be the fraudulent appropriation of property entrusted to you. It is also the defrauding a person of personal property, real property, money or labor by false or fraudulent representation or pretense. There are two classifications for theft; petty theft and grand theft. Grand theft may be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in county jail or state prison. Petty theft is classified as a misdemeanor and is punishable by fine or imprisonment in the county jail for up to six months. Theft or larceny concerns those crimes or criminal offenses where the basic act is the intentional taking or stealing of a victim’s property or the appropriation of the victim’s property without consent.

Some theft crimes include robbery, larceny, embezzlement or criminal conversion, knowingly acquiring lost property, possession of stolen property, writing bad checks or forgery, unauthorized use of an automobile and extortion (theft by force). Legal issues include burden of proof, sufficiency of the evidence and available defenses.Burglary is typically defined as the unlawful entry into almost any structure (not just a home or business) with the intent to commit any crime inside (not just theft/larceny). No physical breaking and entering is required; the offender may simply trespass through an open door. Unlike robbery, which involves use of force or fear to obtain another person’s property, there is usually no victim present during a burglary.

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