Criminal act of dishonest assumption of the rights of the true owner of a tangible or intangible property by treating it as one's own, whether or not taking it away with the intent of depriving the true owner of it.

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  • There was a car theft on my block last night. The robber broke the windows, unlocked the door, and stole the car.

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  • If you operate a store you must put a small part of your budget into incurring the loss of an inevitable theft.

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  • You can try and stop theft as hard as you can but inevitably someone will slip by without paying for your product.

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