22 Mar. 2016

What's the Difference Between Robbery & Burglary?

Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

The terms robbery and burglary are often confused by those who have little knowledge of the criminal justice system. While they deal with similar crimes, there are significant differences between the two from a criminal justice point of view.

Both robbery and burglary are forms of property crimes, but they have key differences. Robbery involves trying to take something from someone using force, threat, or intimidation. In order for a robbery to take place, a victim (or more than one victim) must be present at the scene. An example of robbery would be a bank holdup in which the person committing the theft threatened the tellers with a gun. Robbery is a felony crime in all U.S. states.

Burglary, on the other hand, does not require a victim to be present. Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into a structure to commit a theft or felony crime. An example of a burglary would be entering a house and taking items within while its owners were away on vacation. Depending on the severity of the crime, burglary can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

Other types of theft crimes include:

  • Larceny: Larceny typically refers to nonviolent theft of another’s personal property that does not involve illegal entry. The only exception is the burglary of a motor vehicle, which is classified as larceny.
  • Extortion: Extortion involves forcing someone to do something against his or her will by threatening them with financial hardship, damage to reputation, violence, or property damage.
  • Grand theft: Grand theft involves the intentional taking of property exceeding the state statutory amount. In Florida, the theft of property carrying a value of more than $300 can be considered grand theft in certain circumstances.

While it may seem redundant to have so many different ways to categorize theft crimes, it is important that these distinctions exist when it comes to things like determining punishment or defending an accused person.

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