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Robbery vs Theft
(Definition, 5 Key Differences & More)

In legal terms, robbery is classified as stealing from another person using force or intimidation, whereas theft involves taking someone’s property without the use of force.
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What is Theft?

Theft is defined as the taking of an object without the consent of the owner and with the intention of depriving the owner of it permanently. The thief need not intend to keep the property himself; an intention to destroy it, sell it, or abandon it is adequate to fit the definition of theft.

What is Robbery?

Robbery is defined as using force or fear to take property from the immediate possession of someone else against their will. Robbery is different from theft in its inherently violent nature, and whereas many lesser forms of theft are punished as misdemeanors, robbery is always a felony in jurisdictions that distinguish between the 2 crimes.

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What's the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?

Robbery and burglary are similar but different in terms of their legal consequences. Robbery occurs when a person takes someone else's property by force or fear, whereas burglary is entering a structure with the intent to steal or to commit another crime inside the building.

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What's the Difference Between Larceny and Robbery?

Larceny is a crime involving the unlawful taking of the personal property of another person or business. Unlike robbery, larceny is a non-violent theft and does not involve the taking of property directly from a person, as would occur with the offense of stealing from a person.

What's the Difference Between Theft and Embezzlement?

Embezzlement is the withholding of assets for the purpose of conversion by one or more persons to whom the assets were entrusted, either to be held or to be used for specific purposes. Unlike theft, where the property is taken unlawfully, in embezzlement the property comes lawfully into the possession of the embezzler who then fraudulently or unlawfully appropriates it.

Is Embezzlement Worse Than Theft?

Theft can apply to items of any value. In most cases, embezzlement concerns more significant amounts and carries more severe penalties. It could lead to federal felony charges, although in rare incidences could be tried as a misdemeanor.

Is Heist a Robbery?

"Heist" is a slang word for an armed robbery. It's also a slang word used to describe the act of stealing or breaking into someone's house to steal. In other words, a heist is the same thing as a burglary.

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