Sarah has wrongfully taken and carried away the personal property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of such property. She has committed the crime of larceny. 2.
Sarah has unlawfully and forcibly taken the personal property of another. She has committed the crime of robbery. 3.
Sarah has broken and entered a dwelling with the intent to commit a felony. She has committed the crime of burglary. (Most states have dispensed with the requirement that the act take place at night.)
According to our text, burglary is breaking and entering the dwelling of another at night with the intent to commit a felony. It was originally aimed at protecting an individual’s home and its occupants. Burglary requires breaking and entering into a building without the use of force against a person. When a deadly weapon is used in a burglary, the perpetrator can be charged with aggravated burglary and punished more severely. Robbery is the taking of cash, personal property, or any other article of value from a person by means of force or fear. It does not involve any breaking and entering, but force is required. Typically, states have more severe penalties for aggravated robbery; robbery with the use of a deadly weapon. And in this case, since Sara used a gun, it would have been aggravated robbery. Larceny is the taking of personal property without force and without breaking and entering into a building with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of possession. Put simply, larceny is stealing or theft.
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