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Can I steal if it's my stuff [duplicate]

So a little while ago, I dated this one girl. She cheated on me, and after that my watch just went missing. My watch is a prized possession that I got after graduating. I searched everywhere for it, ...
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Legality of obtaining stolen digital content

Suppose I buy a stolen video game account and then get caught. Obviously, the police wouldn’t really care about a game account but that’s just my example. The reason I am wondering is because couldn’t ...
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What does the law say if someone locks their bicycle to mine? [duplicate]

Say I park my bicycle, lock it, and then a few hours later when I come back I find someone has locked their bicycle to mine. What does the law say: Do they commit a crime by removing my ability to ...
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What is theft when not permanent

I was looking into the definition of theft in the UK and found (emphasis mine): Theft is defined by section 1 of the Theft Act 1968 as the dishonest appropriation of property belonging to another ...
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Is it legal to remove a phone from a driver's hand?

Alice and Bob are in a car together; Alice is driving. While on the road, she picks up her phone and begins texting. Is it legal for Bob to take the phone from her until she parks? Normally this would ...
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Is it legal to hide a recording device in a public place to collect evidence if an item is stolen?

Is it legal to hide an inexpensive smartphone or other recording device in a public place in order to obtain evidence if an item such as a bicycle is stolen?
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Is a person guilty of theft if they hold a sincere but mistaken belief that they own the stolen property? [duplicate]

Alice believes, on good reason, that an item belongs to her, but in fact it belongs to Bob. If Alice attempts to take the item for herself, is she guilty of theft? What if Alice already has the item ...
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Items that a thief wasn't expecting --- does it count as theft of that item?

In New Jersey, according to the Defense Against Porch Pirates Act (https://pub.njleg.gov/bills/2020/A4000/3870_I1.HTM), if someone steals a package that includes certain things (such as research ...
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How many mints can I take before before it's legally wrong?

While reading this question I tried to think about analogous situations. Unfortunately, that just created a second situation I didn't understand. Imagine a restaurant, with a big bowl of after-dinner ...
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Theft without charge; post-factum permission [duplicate]

I'm curious about what constitutes a violation of the law in the State of New York (but other jurisdictions would be interesting to me, too). The scenario is that an adult takes something of ...
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Theft on golf course

Let's say hypothetically two men are playing golf on a public golf course.. One man loses his ball in a stream (which is on the golf course's property)... The man goes to collect his ball from the ...
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Arrested for unauthorized use of vehicle

I worked at a car dealership, and borrowed a car without the companies permission, the company filed a police report the car was stolen, I get arrested and charged with unauthorized use. Today the car ...
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Is it legal to keep a package that was accidentally addressed to you?

When I try to research this question, all the scenarios people suggest are significantly different to my own. This is not one of those cases where a company tries to run a scam by sending someone ...
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Did Sainsbury’s steal Alice’s water?

Alice purchases a jug of water and places it on the counter as he sits down to read a newspaper and eat his other purchased food. It comes time for the shop to close, and staff come to remind Alice ...
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What is the status (and value) of the day’s unsold newspapers being put out for collection by the paper boy?

Abdul’s news and wine gets a delivery of the next day’s papers overnight and he then puts the stack of unsold papers out on the pavement before closing for the publisher to collect and then destroy. ...
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Why is theft triable either way?

Section 7 Theft Act 1968 defines theft as an offence: A person guilty of theft shall on conviction on indictment be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years. However, it makes no ...
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Liability for theft due to making someone else's property less secure

An owner of a garage in a row of garages removes all locks and even the handle from their garage door and leaves it in this very obvious vulnerable state for many weeks or months. A thief enters that ...
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Is it burglary to take belongings without the permission of the true owner?

Someone ('A') has emails and a couple of text messages from another person ('B') that authorize the removal of scrap metal and a few other items. B gives the A the code to the gate at the address. A ...
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What are the powers of a retail security guard compared to a police officer?

I watched a video about the legality of security guards doing random compulsory receipt and bag checks and it raised a question for me. So of course they can stop you in the act to prevent an imminent ...
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can a parent take away property their child borrowed from me?

I bought a phone and have since let my minor cousin use the phone. Her mother has taken the phone and I told her that it is my property and needs to be returned to either me or her daughter or I will ...
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Theft by proxy using wild Crows?

Feeding birds gets them to behave different, we all know that. Allegedly, someone feeding crows turned the neighborhood crows to turn them into an active deterrent for thieves - and an alert that an ...
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Liability with Stolen Property

A car is stolen and the thief injures himself, another, or property. Does liability extend to the owner? Does it matter if the owner had yet reported the car stolen? For the sake of this question let ...
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Is it making off without paying to dispute the charged amount based on a misunderstanding, even if this is the customer’s own fault?

Bob goes to a burger joint every week for several months and orders an individual beef patty for £4 which they are able to put through on the till as an “extra.” One time Bob arrives at the place and ...
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If I use stolen money to gamble, do I get to keep the winnings?

If a person were to steal $10,000 from a convenience store and gamble with it, winning $500,000. And later they were caught, would the government only claw back the $10,000 or also the $500,000? Would ...
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Can you give stolen property back to the thief?

This question is inspired by this video by the lock picking lawyer, who given his name I'm assuming knows a thing or two about law. However in the video he explains the lock was sent in by a viewer ...
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Is theft of virtual currency prosecutable?

My friend and I play a virtual game called Second Life. In this game there is virtual currency called Linden dollars that you can either earn within Second Life from other players through virtual ...
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Is a statement saying that a party committed a crime by a non-benefiting accessory to the crime considered a party-opponent admission?

I was taking an MBE Prep Test for the hell of it, and I found this question's answer to be controversial. "Several persons together stole a painting from an art museum. One of them, who was the ...
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If a friend allows me the right to store property on his property but eventually tires of this agreement, can he legally deny me access to my property

He gave me a “24-hour” time period to retrieve my property when he knew I would be busy and not able to. He gave me keys to locks that sealed entrances to his property without my request for them. He ...
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A German company is accusing me of stealing and threatening to confiscate compensation for my service. Is it in the legal right to do so? [closed]

Backstory: I (a natural person) cooperated with a German company (I assume a legal person). The cooperation consisted of a digital marketing service for the company. I did not ask for money for this ...
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Renting a vehicle and grand theft auto

Let's say hypothetically someone rents a vehicle to another person. They sign a contract and the other individual agrees to pay $300 to the person at the start of every month. The contract also states ...
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Is using hidden city ticketing a theft of service?

In some cases, A-B-C flights (from A to C with layover at B) cost less than a direct A-B flight with the same company. "Hidden city ticketing" is the practice of taking the cheaper A-B-C ...
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If someone robs a bank at which (s)he has an account, can the bank deduct that amount from the robber's account?

Bob has $100,000 in an account at First Example Bank. Bob robs the bank, taking $50,000, and he escapes. He is never caught, but the bank is 100% sure that he is the one who robbed the bank. Can they ...
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How could someone whose trades are being copied be liable to the person who is doing the copying?

It is reported that someone was copying the trades of a noted NFT trader. This noted NFT trader profited from this by making an inflated bids on one of his own NFTs, and when the copycat replicated ...
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What is the difference between trespass on a venue and theft of services?

Alice sneaks into a concert venue and enjoys the show. Bob sneaks into a spa to enjoy a jacuzzi and steam bath. Charlotte sneaks past the usher into a cinema and watches a film. Have each of these ...
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What are my rights when someone else uses a voucher issued to me?

I was issued a £360 voucher from Easyjet after my suitcases didn't arrive for four days after a flight I took. The voucher was sent to me via email in direct response to a protracted claim I had made. ...
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Purchased merchandise stolen from customer before taken off retailer’s premises

Bob purchases an item from ACME stores Ltd but it was stolen from him before he left the store. Bob would like to request a replacement or refund. Whose loss is this? Whose property was stolen (...
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Roommate accusing me of theft in Germany [closed]

my stuff kept going missing and when I asked my roommate they denied but later I looked through their bags and found out it that they were stealing my stuff and hiding it in their bag. I took a ...
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Is an unauthorised appropriation with simultaneous deposit of another value a theft? 🍫

Today I tried to explain to my daughter what the saying "opportunity makes the thief" means. My example: Someone forgets his expensive chocolate 20 euros on a table in the park. You see the ...
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Closed source code theft prevention via license

Let's say I have an app stored as a closed source code (e.g on github) for which I have a software license in place (Apache 2.0), is this enough to prevent/prosecute an employee or just a random ...
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Why can’t I take the Uber/Lyft/etc Electric Scooters?

NOTE: This is a hypothetical question I came up with while walking around. I’m not planning on taking scooters. In many major US cities, i.e. DC, Philly, NYC, companies will place electric scooters ...
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Force allowed against pickpocket

If a victim catches a pickpocket in the act, what degree of force is legally justified by the victim against the pickpocket, given that pickpockets do not usually pose a threat of violence, but the ...
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Can you be arrested for not paying a vendor like a taxi driver or gas station?

I have read conflicting information about police in the United States arresting people for not paying a bill from a retail vendor, like a taxi driver, auto mechanic or restaurant. On one hand my ...
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Are parents liable to prosecution as soon as they know that their child has stolen something?

In Germany, children up to the age of 14 are not liable to prosecution. What happens when a child steals a sweet in the supermarket and the parents don't notice at first? Only when they get home do ...
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Insurance claim chain of causality vehicle damages garage causes theft

In England. A vehicle damaged the sole ingress and egress for cars at a block of flats in careless but normal use. The damage was such that the ingress/egress (a garage door) could no longer be closed....
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Call from detective [closed]

say hypothetically someone committed a the crime of stealing a public sign and being publicly intoxicated under the age of 21.. The next day a detective calls asking to talk in person and says they &...
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What recourse do I have if my car was broken into while in police impound?

My car was being held as part of an investigation, while it was in police custody, it was broken into and personal effects were stolen along with the catalytic converter, it was one of several cars. A ...
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If you let a thief into the building, are you liable?

In a building with gated entry, if a resident lets a stranger into the building, and he turns out to be a thief, would the resident who let him in be liable for the damages?
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Is it legal to take items left by others on the side walk? [duplicate]

Locality: California, USA In my city I often find belongings left on the sidewalk, things like old clothes, plastic bags sometimes filled with items inside, shopping carts, trash bags, etc. Most are ...
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What makes a car not a “negotiable” chattel?

Another answer contrasts negotiable instruments like currency with the example of a car where a thief of the car doesn’t “own” the car and cannot transfer ownership. What is it about a car that makes ...
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I have copyright of a precious notebook that its thief bequeathed to a museum that refuses to give me back the notebook. What is my recourse?

The museum does not dispute that this historically important notebook belongs to my family. Nor does it dispute how it came into the thieving family's hands. In correspondence the museum offers a &...
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