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Can you "steal" your own stolen car?

John Doe's car was stolen, along with a copy of the key. The theif then sells the car and key to someone else. John Doe is walking down a sidewalk, and sees his car in someone's driveway. He checks ...
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I was house robbed

My house was robbed about a week ago (4 times in a row). It was a storage house; it had no power or electricity, but it was where I kept important stuff; well, I’m homeless. I had permission from my ...
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Total cost of theft (or other property crime)?

Suppose Bob earns his living by stealing from a specific supermarket store. Now one day, he is caught and the police can prove he stole stuff for a total value of CHF 10000. Now several things will ...
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What are the legal implications of Josh Pieters & Archie Manners's "gag" against Piers Corbyn?

See this video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BmNyNivlEVo Two YouTubers disliked piers Corbyn political agenda, so they contacted him to express their bad faith interest in donating financially to the ...
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What (if any) crime is it to keep using a tool owned by a company after you no longer work there?

This question is partially based on a question on workplace but to make it more easily answerable I will specify some of the circumstances more. Suppose an employee is issued a computer to use for his ...
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How much stolen bitcoin must a wallet have to be legally recoverable?

TLDR: Under what circumstances could one successfully sue to gain control of stolen bitcoin? If it depends on what proportion of an addresses unspent output consists of your stolen bitcoin then what ...
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Can you be charged with employee theft after being fired?

Suppose that a person, A, was hired by an employer, B, and then got fired a week later. Suppose that B mailed A a laptop while A was employed by B. Once A had been fired, B emailed A asking for the ...
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Do criminals really "have no recourse" if their ill-gotten property is stolen by a third party?

From the TV series Better Call Saul (S1E7 - Bingo) main character Jimmy McGill is involved in a case wherein a client of his, Craig Kettleman, stands accused of stealing 1.6 million dollars. The ...
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Is it theft if someone picks up a dropped wallet and keeps it?

Say I drop my wallet and 5 minutes later return to the spot to find it gone. Is it theft for the person who took it or is it a case of finder's keepers?
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Is cryptocurrency more like money or stuff with regards theft?

I am sure there is a word that describes this concept, but I do not know it so I shall have to describe it. Suppose Alice has a mobile phone, Broke Bob steals it, sells it to Charlie's Mobile Phone ...
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Could I be charged with a crime for putting an item from a store in my pocket for a few seconds?

One time, without thinking, I put an item (which I intended to buy) from a store in my pocket. I immediately realized this wasn't a good idea, and took it out of my pocket, carried it in my hand for a ...
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Can stupid action that looks like theft be criminal?

On another site, a third hand story was told: In an office supply store, expensive printers go missing without payment. They find out that an employee is so obsessed with selling extended warranties ...
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Who owns the intellectual property rights relating to a stolen NFT?

Bored Ape non-fungible blockchain tokens (NFTs) change hands for tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. For this money you get two things, A) the technical ability to create transactions involving ...
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Liability for explosive theft prevention

A man in New Orleans, USA, developed a method to prevent thieves from breaking into his car by rigging a flashbang to detonate if someone broke in. A flashbang is an explosive device that triggers a ...
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Will police help me if I my motorcycle is stolen but has an active tracker that is transmitting information in Canada?

So, I got a new motorcycle, and it is natural for me to wonder about its security. Since I would be moving back to US in about 1 year, I am planning on not getting insurance. That being said, I am ...
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Is it legal to steal a car to save your life when your life is in danger?

Person A is bein chased by person B who is carrying a knife. Person A has good reason to believe that if person B catches him, his life will be in danger. As person A runs away, he sees a convertible ...
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Is this an example of theft of service?

There is a website that offers each member one free video lesson (of the member's choice) per week. To get more video lessons per week, one needs to pay to upgrade his/her account to a premium account....
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Does contract law apply for shoplifting?

I'm having an online discussion with someone who claims that there is no contract violated when someone steals something from a store or eats at a restaurant without paying. The person claims that ...
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Is a BFP’s title defect a bar from transfer — theft, larceny and conversion?

This is a follow-up question on a question mini series — please see them at the bottom. In the previous episode, Joe, a BFP, purchased a Buick from Fred where converted the Buick from Sally on false ...
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Why isn't a casino forced to return funds lost by an embezzler?

If person A steals something, say a bicycle, and sells it to me (I have no knowledge that the bicycle was stolen) the law says I must return the bike to its rightful owner without any compensation - ...
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Victim of larceny doesn't press charges. Does this mean suspect walks free?

Location: Indiana, USA. A home/ranch owner (victim) thinks he is being stolen from. He rigs a lot of his possessions with tracking devices (apple airtags) and puts a lot of cameras on premises. Some ...
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Can shop staff search your bag when you are selected for a random rescan?

(UK based). My question refers to the situation where you are using the "scan as you go" system in which you scan items and pack them into your bag as you go around the shop, and pay at the ...
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Could you steal money from a criminal organization and publicly declare it without legal repercussions?

A random idea I had based on shows like squid game, or others that feature death games. In a real world setting in the USA, you have knowledge and details of an ongoing criminal organization without ...
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Is it illegal to take a bicycle (or parts from one) that the local authorities have determined is abandoned property?

I work on a University campus. Adjacent to my building is a bicycle rack, to which several bikes have been locked since the start of the academic year (end of August). It's clear that these bikes have ...
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Minor Who Lied About Age Broke Contract and Stole $10,500 - What Can Be Done? [closed]

About a month ago, someone who I was friends with for 3 years and have done business with called me while he was down in Miami, telling me that he and some others were trying to rent a boat. However, ...
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Temporary Theft

If something is legally considered your property and someone knowingly took it without your consent with the intent to return it, say a week or a month later, is this considered theft?
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Do Donald Trump's actions constitute embezzlement?

This question is inspired by this other question. In that question, it was written that: Donald Trump moved more than $200,000 donated to his Make America Great Again PAC into his own private ...
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What is the difference between theft by deception or theft of services and fraud?

Also, is fraud actually a crime by itself, or is it an element in another crime (theft by deception, tax evasion, etc.)?
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How is the value of an item in a bundle determined in cases of theft?

Suppose someone steals a part of a sellable object (e.g. stealing a wheel from a car dealer) or one item in a bundle (e.g. taking half of a bag of donuts)? Or suppose the value of the item cannot be ...
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For what crime can you get jailed if a criminal leases you a stolen art piece? [duplicate]

What crime can you get jailed for if a criminal leases you a stolen art piece? Let's say you loan an art piece for 1 day, and then you call the authorities because you know it was stolen, can you ...
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Potentially accidental refund - can one keep it?

If a person pays a debt due to a company, and gets a receipt showing the debt has been fully satisfied, but then that company (potentially in error) refunds the full amount without any communication ...
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What kind of "theft by..." is it when someone refuses to return deposit?

I made a deposit payment to a moving broker but never signed the agreement. They are refusing to return my deposit. "Theft by unlawful taking" doesn't apply because I willingly gave them ...
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What happens if someone steals an apple juice from a supermarket?

I would like to know what is the risk if someone gets caught stealing a cheap item worth $1, such as an apple juice from a supermarket.
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Why is stealing from an employer a criminal act when stealing from an employee is a civil act?

Here is the full question with all the context and details: In the majority of cases in the U.S. about theft at a workplace, why is the matter usually tried in a criminal court when the employer is ...
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What are the criminal penalties in Portugal for theft under 500.00?

Does anyone know what the prison sentence is for theft in Portugal? Is it based on the value of the items?
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Developing similar apps, games, etc. on Google Play Store or App Store

I am planning to develop similar apps, games, etc., which may free or non-free, on Google Play Store or App Store and to earn money with methods such as ads, sale on same stores, etc. To be clearer I'...
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Breaking/entering/theft charges

What would be all possible charges that could be filed in this scenario: A person breaks a window, enters the house through the window, takes $1000 worth of computer equipment, and leaves through a ...
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Cybercrime use of cryptocurrency and stolen goods laws

I've been wondering if this line of reasoning has been tried anywhere in the world, successfully or unsuccessfully. It seems improbable that I'm the first to think of it ... A cryptocurrency is a bit ...
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What law applies in the case of a theft at a Border Patrol checkpoint? Who can make an arrest?

Travelers A and B are waiting in line at a border patrol checkpoint, when traveler B attempts to steal something of traveler A's. Can a Border Patrol officer intervene, or would they have to summon a ...
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Growing hot chilis in private but accessible garden

I own a few acres of land in a community garden were I plan to grow some of the hottest chilis in the world. The community garden is clearly marked as private property and fenced in. However the gates ...
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Who is liable if somebody takes a check written to them before the funds are in place to cover it?

This is hypothetical. Suppose I write out a rent check to my landlord, but I don't give it to him. Instead, I leave it on my desk because I still have to deposit funds to cover the check. Unbeknownst ...
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10-day Demand Letters in Texas

Some Texas districts/counties publish a 10-day demand letter that can be used when trying to retrieve property from a person, such as Cleburne, Dallas and Houston. Some of these letters reference ...
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Criminal? Vehicle stolen by family member

If a policeman refuses to record or investigate a crime, such as a vehicle theft by a family member where the case could be borderline criminal or civil. What can one do to give the police department ...
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When is taking property left on the public street curb a crime?

In which of the following scenarios has a crime been committed by Jane? John puts a chair on the street curb at his house. Jane drives by, sees the chair, and loads it in her car and drives away. ...
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Hypothetical: If a thief gives the stolen money away [duplicate]

If a thief gives all the stolen money to their friend/family/charitable organization/etc. who has no idea that the money is stolen, and he gets caught, can the money be taken back? I know that if the ...
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Does a private citizen in the US have the right to make a "Contact the Police" poster?

Imagine the following hypothetical situation. Assume the location is in the United States. Mary had a credit card stolen by a suspect. The suspect used the credit card at a store. The manager of the ...
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Is failing to report a bank error in and of itself a crime?

(Related to discussion at https://money.stackexchange.com/questions/133263/how-should-i-handle-money-returned-for-a-product-that-i-did-not-return/133270 ) Suppose a customer receives a deposit into ...
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Can my parents, who owned my home, enter it while I'm at work and move me out without any warning?

I was renting a home from my parents when my husband got arrested and went to jail. I had no eviction notice. I am in Tulare County, in the city of Visalia, in California. I was unable to pay my rent ...
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Can owner of stolen goods found for sale subpoena seller to disclose the source?

Someone steals Bob's bike in 2010. In 2020 Bob finds it for sale. It's too late to prosecute for theft, so the police wouldn't bother. Of course Bob doesn't know if the seller was the thief. The bike ...
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Defence to defamation where the alleged crime has expired

In 2010, Rob stole a bicycle from Bob. Bob did not know whodoneit. In 2020, Bob finds out that it was Rob. Bob obtains evidence sufficient to prove that beyond reasonable doubt. However, the time to ...
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