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Popular Article: Theft

Ronin robbing a merchant's house in Japan around 1860
In criminal law, theft (also known as stealing) is the illegal taking of another person's property without that person's freely-given consent. As a term, it is used as shorthand for all major crimes against property, encompassing offenses such as burglary, larceny, looting, robbery, mugging, trespassing, shoplifting, and intrusion In some jurisdictions, theft is considered to be synonymous with larceny; in others, theft has replaced larceny.