Questions tagged [theft]

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White Collar Financial Crime Storyline Wanted [closed]

I am writing a novel and I'm looking for some suggestions from people who know the law (I know very little!). The novel is set in Vancouver, BC (Canada). The protagonist in the story is a partner in a ...
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“Stealing” merchandise from somebody’s shopping cart before checkout

Somewhat inspired by current events: Suppose in a supermarket, Alice puts the last thirty packages of toilet paper into her shopping cart. Bob then takes one of those packages from her cart without ...
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Taking back my stuff from my Ex [closed]

Long story short, My ex stopped answering my calls and seemed to have blocked me. I had to move out two weeks ago but hadn't retrieved all of my belongings. When we lived together, I had some of my ...
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The mailman put I signed for a package I never received

I was waiting on a package (Louis Vuitton Purse) I ordered 2 weeks prior. I receive the notification that the package was scheduled for delivery today between 12pm & 3pm. Than I received another ...
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Is something considered stolen if it possibly could have been lost?

I had lived in a rental house where the landlord had the notion he could "immediately evict someone" if he felt like it. I installed a security camera. I have a video of the landlord and a couple ...
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If I gave someone a ride to a store and they end up stealing from that store, can I be held criminally liable for the theft?

I recently gave someone (Bob) a ride in my vehicle to a local supermarket. I remained in the vehicle, and Bob went inside. Bob stole something from the supermarket, and loss prevention attempted to ...
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Is it legal to wheel lock someone's vehicle if they have something that belongs to you?

I hired someone to refinish a piece of furniture. He took the piece, sent pictures of the progress as he worked on it. I communicated to him several times as to the status and he has not responded ...
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When Does A Vehicle in Repossession Status Become GTA?

My question is when does a vehicle in repossession status become Grand Theft Auto? I'm an IT professional living in Oregon where I work for a gov't agency. Around January 2019, my co-worker, "Joe" ...
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Could I go to jail for using someone else's credit card?

So I'm 13(thirteen) and I was on amazon and I looked up random card numbers not expecting it to work and to be used as a prank on my friends. It turns out, the number I was given was active and had ...
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How much authority do teachers get from *In Loco Parentis*?

I am concerned entirely with the issue as it relates to property. Let's say at Madeup Prep the cell phone policy allows for phones to be in pockets, but not out in class. Some teachers, however, ...
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How long are schools allowed to confiscate items from students?

According to this question and the corresponding answer, schools are legally allowed to confiscate items from students. This is not considered theft, as the intent is not to permanently take the item ...
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Question about copyright, plagiarism and attribution

If I'm going to describe the origin of the word "dinosaur" and I say that the taxon Dinosauria was formally named in 1841 by paleontologist Sir Richard Owen, and that the foregoing description is ...
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Hired Contractor (Plumber's) employee stole wedding ring

Owner of company/Plumber we used before so hired again, this time difference was owner brought a helper. Helper asked to use our bathroom. (Wedding/engagement Rings came up missing but left other ...
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Is it legal for private citizens to “impound” e-scooters?

This recent article from The Verge claims that two men in San Diego have create a repo company that impounds e-scooters from companies like Lime, Bird, Lyft, Uber and Razor. However as far as I can ...
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When is something considered theft vs free?

My job was to promote something in a grocery store. I happened to cross paths with someone from the bakery and they asked if I wanted a pizza to draw interest in my permission. I said ok. After the ...
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If you take your package from a shipping company without their permission in the US, what, if any, laws would you be breaking?

In the US, shipping companies often have relatively limited ways for you to get your package and if you don't jump through the proper hoops they don't give you your package. While I understand why ...
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Could the teacher be liable if a student stole a chemical thinking it was dangerous?

I'm asking this question for my mother who is a science teacher in junior highschool in france. Recently during class one of her student (11 yo boy), let's call him Bob, stole a chemical that had ...
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Can a retail store staff member search your bag on exit? [duplicate]

I know some places that search people's bags just before they leave the store. Alternatively I've seen stores that require people to leave their bags in a certain area, such as behind the front ...
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What can a loss prevention officer legally do in Australia? (NSW)

If someone is apprehended by a loss prevention officer on the way out of say, coles or woolies, what are the legal rights of the LPO and the person being apprehended? For example, if the LPO starts ...
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Can a juvenile be charged with theft by receiving if the property wasn't stolen?

A young adult entered a home where he used to rent a room in order to retrieve a piece of workout equipment. The home owner would not let him have the equipment until he paid past rent money so he ...
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Is it legal to record audio using a phone if the phone has been stolen?

I am thinking of creating a business wherein I use specialized software on a client's phone that can be leveraged in the event that the phone in question gets stolen or the owner kidnapped. The ...
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Can a store take my bag when it contains both my and their property?

I've had my bag snatched from me before I've even got anywhere near till point (cash register). They told me to leave because I'm barred. They won't let me in to get my bag, and they still have it. ...
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Why is Software Piracy Considered Theft?

I know the question sounds mundane and perhaps even silly at first glance, but, consider it for a moment. Our qualm with piracy seems to be premised with some notion of loss at the owners/business' ...
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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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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 ...