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burglary

A burglary is committed when a person breaks into a building with the intent of committing a crime, especially if the crime is to steal valuable items.

What's the difference between burglary and robbery? In a burglary, the criminal has to enter the building or structure illegally (breaking and entering), and the victim of the theft is unlikely to have contact with the burglar — or to even know about the theft until after the burglar is gone. In a robbery, however, a victim has to be present, and the criminal commits the crime by using violence or threatening the victim with violence.

Definitions of burglary
  1. noun
    entering a building unlawfully with intent to commit a felony or to steal valuable property
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    types:
    break-in, breaking and entering, housebreaking
    trespassing for an unlawful purpose; illegal entrance into premises with criminal intent
    home invasion
    burglary of a dwelling while the residents are at home
    type of:
    felony
    a serious crime (such as murder or arson)
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