WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
This chapter will cover crimes against
Property that is destroyed (fire, vandalism)
Property that is stolen/taken against the will of others
“ARSON” – willfully and
maliciously burning of
another person’s property
In many states burning of a building is illegal – even if
you own it!
Burning property with intent to scam an insurance
company is a separate crime.
CHURCH ARSON PREVENTION ACT
Passed in 1996
Passed to deal with long string racially motivated
Also known as malicious mischief
Willfully destroying/damaging the property of another
Tearing down fences
Snapping off car antennas
Flooding a basement
Misdemeanor **OR** Felony – depending on damage done
grand larceny ~a felony ~ over a certain value ( > $100)
petty larceny ~ a misdemeanor ~ small value ( < $100)
Unlawfully taking AND carrying away property of another
with intent to steal it
Keeping lost property without looking for owner
Keeping items delivered to you by accident
Shoplifting is larceny
Concealment ~ attempted shoplifting
The unlawful taking of property that someone trusted
you to keep safe
bank teller taking money from cash drawer
stockbroker keeping funds that were to be invested
Unlawfully taking property from another by force or
NOT the same as “theft”
Almost always a felony.
ARMED ROBBERY ~ robbery committed with a gun
or other weapon. Stiffer penalty.
Also known as blackmail
Taking property of another
Includes threats to do future harm/damage
Includes threats to destroy another’s character or
Unauthorized entry into a structure with intent to
commit a crime.
Harsher penalty for burglary committed:
with a weapon
structures occupied by people at time of burglary
Falsely making or changing a document with intent
Signing (without permission) the name of another to
a check or other document.
Changing or erasing a section of a previously signed
UTTERING: knowingly/agreeing to take a fake or altered document
RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY
A criminal act.
The situation may prove you know you are accepting
Usually felony if property is over $100
Usually a misdemeanor of property is under $100
UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A VEHICLE
Taking a vehicle for temporary use (joy riding)
Taking a vehicle permanently - Larceny
CARJACKING – using force/intimidation to steal a car from a
Federal offense !!
Punishable by a sentence of up to life in prison!
AKA: CYBER CRIME
FBI Most Wanted
ANY violation of criminal law that uses computer