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Questions tagged [theft]

For questions about criminal deprivation of property as well as property torts

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Can I accept a food delivery addressed to my house?

Earlier today the local cookie delivery service knocked on my door with cookies that were already paid for that I did not order. The guy said it was addressed to my townhouse (eg 555 E Cardboard St)....
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What are the legal risks in removing other people's baggage from a conveyor in baggage reclaim?

I originally asked this on Travel.SE, but didn't get any useful answers. So I thought I'd ask about the legal aspects here. For further details on why I was doing it, see the Travel.SE question. When ...
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Why doesn't London airport's Lost Baggage policy conflict with Theft by Finding or other UK law?

I lost a bag whilst going through security on a recent flight through Heathrow Airport in London, UK. Since getting home I've been online to try and track the item and have discovered that their ...
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Is it theft/fraud if one sends confidential info from their work laptop to their own personal web mail but there is no malicious intent? (UK/US)

Sender's intentions are non malicious, but the sender knows they are not supposed to send confidential info out of work laptop, and sender deleted some sent emails to cover up. Their intent is to do ...
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Can I collect restitution for stolen goods if my insurance has replaced them?

My residence was broken into and burglarized. My renter's insurance covered the cost of the stolen goods, though I did spend time reacquiring the goods and the claim affected my insurance plan was ...
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Can a S.Korean game have the right to steal money and items and close your acct for no reason?

I have played Kalonline since 2012. You use real money to get virtual money to use in the game to purchase items. I simply tried to change a password on one of my 3 accts.(which they encourage us to ...
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Can an ex-employer sue ex-employees for using work experience gained for future endeavours?

In this bloomberg article, 5 ex-employees of a hedge fund were sued by their ex-employer for starting a trading outfit. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-11-19/the-triple-jeopardy-of-ke-xu-...
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Why shouldn't a bank robbery without threats be legal?

So say a bank robber walks into a bank and hands the teller a note saying simply "please give me $1,000" (or maybe even just verbally saying "I need $1,000 please") and if the teller accepts, which ...
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If someone steals from me do I need a lawyer?

Someone took my bank card while at a party. Somehow he got my PIN number and took $400 from my account. I filed a complaint with the local police. They asked me if I wanted to charge him. (Of course I ...
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Is attempting to steal a crime in Canada?

If someone attempted to steal something from a company and then was caught in the process and never actually got to steal the item, is that punishable by law in Canada? The company is in the U.S. the ...
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My bicycle was stolen and I feel like I'm entitled to some compensation

I recently moved into a brand new apartment complex (most flats are still empty). Over a bank holiday weekend it turns out my bicycle (which I recently purchased for around £400) was stolen. The ...
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Company stole my IP. Are there costless remedies?

If a well-funded company steals an individual's intellectual property, are there any means to sue or otherwise enforce the IP rights without costing the victim anything? (I.e., if the victim does not ...
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Can I get prosecuted in the US for buying and using a stolen gift card?

I bought a $30 restaurant gift card code the other day for $10 from some online vendor and used it at the store as well as my credit card to pay for the rest (so it does connect to me). It wasn't a ...
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Temporary theft, or, removing someones property to deliver it to their home or office

If I take somebody's property without consent, with the intent of keeping it, it is theft. If I take somebody's property without consent, but return it to them immediately, what law am I violating? ...
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Stealing my own property back?

I have a guitar that I let my friend Joe borrow on the consensus that he would return it in a couple of days. Joe is a mutual friend of my ex Bob. Bob stole the guitar from Joe once he found out it ...
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Clarification: petit larceny by lost property v. criminal possession of stolen property

The following pertains to NEW YORK laws: What is the difference between petit larceny acquired by lost property and criminal possession of stolen property in the 5th degree? Please provide examples. ...
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What will I be charged with in Manhattan, New York?

I conspired with Daisy to steal a NYSE work badge/access card from Sanjay and Daisy replaces his badge with a fake one. I impersonate Sanjay (make my appearance like his) and sneak into the NYSE with ...
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What can i do when a ex friend steals my Apple Watch from my home

I used to have a friend and this “friend” stole my apple watch from my house the day before i was going to sell it. I have seached my whole house and have not found it im pretty sure its him because ...
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Witnessing a theft in France

When I witness a theft, for example, a pickpocket in a busy RER, am I bound by law to report the theft? Am I required/protected by law to defend the victim/intervene in the act?
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Getting ripped off by a vending machine [closed]

I bought something from a vending machine and it only gave me 6 dollars in change when it should've given me 9. This is stealing and I was very unhappy but didn't want to waste my time asking the ...
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Were laws broken, can I use in civil or small claims?

Long story short my girlfriend of 5 years how to debit card to my savings account and every payday I would deposit $500 into the savings account for her to use and this went on for approximately the ...
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When does a stolen item become a lost/abandoned item?

In my area we have those bikeshare bikes. I come across broken ones all the time. I have retrieved a few from lakes,creeks and fields and put them in a concentrated location and reported them to the ...
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What to do after a car reported stolen is found by the owner?

I heard that repossessing a stolen property without going through police can be considered theft on its own, so how can the owner of a car that was stolen and reported to police as stolen can legally ...
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Is it illegal to order food and then not pay for it when it arrives?

If someone orders a lot of food, lets say over $500 worth of food. Then when the food arrives, the person denies ordering it (they used an email which to order it which is anonymous) and say they do ...
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Rent cheque was stolen from landlord and cashed in - whose money is lost?

On Money SE there was a recent question "Rent cheque was stolen from landlord - am I obligated to pay again?". The situation: Tenant pays rent by handing a cheque to the landlord, the landlord is ...
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Manager asks for car keys. Is this illegal?

This question stems from this question on TheWorkplace.StackExchange. If a manager with no power to fire an employee, but who can still "discipline" said employee, demands that everyone surrender ...
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What are the laws regarding compiling SE answers and selling them for money?

Thanks to user @Abcd for pointing this out. It seems that there are some books floating around the internet, selling for $4.61, that are compilations of SE answers. What are the laws regarding this, ...
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Can police refuse criminal case about stolen mobile phone? How can such crimes be investigated?

Mobile phone and some precious things were stolen from my friend, but the police refuses to start a criminal case (proceedings) to investigate the crime. They are saying that the thief cannot be ...
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Is it a crime to give away property without consent?

At work, if I deliberately place a sticker on a jar of nice coffee which says "help yourself", without the knowledge or consent of the owner of that coffee, and knowing the coffee isn't mine and and ...
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Can a defendant get probation without being convicted of a crime?

I believe my friends are being scammed. I discovered this information on the person in question from a court case December 2017: DEFERRED ADJUDICATION Jury Waived. Defendant arraigned. Defendant ...
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What's so Grand about Grand Theft Auto?

Why does the law use the word "Grand" when describing Grand Theft Auto. It's almost like they're glorifying it. Is there a lesser type of theft auto?
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What kind of lawyer would our company need to file criminal charges against a customer?

About Us I work for a company and our company sells very popular electronic products to consumers in the automotive industry. Our Problem We have one particular customer that has ordered one of ...
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Hiding goods within a store

In the UK there is a grassroots campaign in which participants hide newspaper publications they consider to be of a dubious moral or political standing with the intent of making it more difficult for ...
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Client threatening me with patent

I created a computer program for a client and things went bad. I think the client is trying to scam me. The client sent me an email informing they have filed a patent to the program I made, and even ...
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Is it illegal to take home a lost phone?

I experienced a common scenario today: I was walking along and found someone's lost phone on the ground. It was out of battery, so what I wanted to do was take it home, charge it, and then see if we ...
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How long does money have to be possessed by a company for it to be considered theft?

I am considering taking a company to small claims court over the "theft" of an amount of money that I will not disclose here. I put money into my account in the form of cryptocurrency (the company is ...
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Confiscation of cellphones in public schools

School started today. I'm just reading the code of conduct about cell phone usage. It states that on first violation of the policy the device will be confiscated and held until a parent (me) comes to ...
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Can a landlord confiscate and charge me for removal of my bbq?

I live in a shared house, with my landlord in the basement suite. I brought home a propane barbecue and the following day I noticed it was missing from the back yard. I looked around a bit and noticed ...
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Civil Prosecution for theft

I stole $50,000 from my employer over a 14 month period. They found out and terminated me. I scraped together $50,000 and gave them a cashier's check today. I was told by someone in the company ...
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what can I do after being scammed

I traded a Domain name (http://stamp.wtf) for a year of hosting by a man. After (permanently) transfering the domain to the man, he set up an account for. He then deleted it a few days later (...
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If a home is burglarized, and police obtain the stolen goods via civil asset forfeiture, are they required to return them?

Through Civil Asset Forfeiture, the police can seize any property they think was involved in a crime, and use that property for pretty much any purpose they wish, including parties etc. Suppose ...
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Would this be considered as Theft under the UK's jurisdiction?

So say you have a car, and I steal your car, but with the intention to return it back to you after 2 years. It means I do not wish to "permanently deprive" you of your car. I will treat the car with ...
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Can a car owner be looked up by registration plate in the event of a theft?

Specifically for Ireland. I recently witnessed a man taking a camera that someone had left behind on a bench in my local village. I confronted the man and he immediately told me that he was planning ...
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Can a store accuse me of something and ban me without proof?

A chain store that I frequent has banned me from their store, citing that I was seen stealing merchandise. I've NEVER stolen anything from their store (or any other store of this chain) before, and ...
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Is it possible to go out of a supermarket with something you didn't pay for legally?

I popped in a supermarket today, and while walking around choosing what to buy for a snack an interesting question appeared in my mind. Imagine you are doing some shopping in a supermarket. It's not ...
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Is a store security guard grabbing my shopping a theft?

Tonight a store security guard accosted me after leaving their store. He grabbed my bag and refused to let go. Bit of a stalemate, could have been there efor hours. Eventually sorted it out with the ...
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Is copyright infringement theft?

Feist Publication, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., 499 U.S. 340, 349-50 (1991) (citations omitted) gives the primary purpose of copyright: The primary objective of copyright is not to reward ...
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If someone steals something of mine, is it legal to steal it back?

Let's say someone steals my phone. I use tracking tools to figure out where it is, then call it to make it ring (so I know it is my phone and not just someone else's with the same model). If I take ...
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What would happen to a minor who was blackmailed into robbing a bank and killing a man?

An episode of Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 3, Shut Up and Dance, presents what seems like an interesting legal scenario, at least to me (NAL). A kid's computer gets a virus. Let's say he's 16. ...
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Is store liable for “abandoning” my laptop left for repair?

I dropped off my MacBook Pro for repair at the local Apple Store, letting them know I wouldn't be in town for another 3 months-ish. After a month, they started contacting me via email and phone to ...