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Generally, property crimes take the form of BURGLARY, ROBBERY, and THEFT. While they are all similar, there are some key differences in each charge.

The key element of Burglary is when a person enters the dwelling or business of another, not open to the public, with the intent to commit a crime - any crime.

Robbery, under Pennsylvania law, is defined as (a) Offense defined. -- (1) A person is guilty of robbery if, in the course of committing a theft, he: (i) inflicts serious bodily injury upon another; (ii) threatens another with or intentionally puts him in fear of immediate serious bodily injury; (iii) commits or threatens immediately to commit any felony of the first or second degree; (iv) inflicts bodily injury upon another or threatens another with or intentionally puts him in fear of immediate bodily injury; (v) physically takes or removes property from the person of another by force however slight; or (vi) takes or removes the money of a financial institution without the permission of the financial institution by making a demand of an employee of the financial institution orally or in writing with the intent to deprive the financial institution thereof.

Theft has 2 criterion; movable or immovable property. Theft of Movable property . -- A person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully takes, or exercises unlawful control over, movable property of another with intent to deprive him thereof. (b) Immovable property. -- A person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully transfers, or exercises unlawful control over, immovable property of another or any interest therein with intent to benefit himself or another not entitled thereto.

But, no matter what you or a loved one are charged with, there are possible defenses. Often times, people are arrested for "stealing" their own property. This occurs more than you would believe!

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