Differences Between Robbery and Theft

New York State takes all crimes very seriously and aim to hold all individuals who commit crimes accountable for breaking the law. Of course, when crimes become violent, the penalties are much more severe. When an individual is charged with stealing from another party, they may be faced with a wide variety of charges and consequences.

Simple theft is a charge given when one party steals from another without the use of force. This typically is the case in instances of shoplifting, when no one is harmed or threatened during the theft. The consequences associated with theft crimes are often related directly to the value of the item that was stolen.

When the individual who steals property does so by using force or threatening to use force against the victim, the crime is considered a robbery. Robberies are categorized by the following actions during the actual or attempted theft of property:

  • threatening or actually killing an individual
  • the use or display of a deadly weapon
  • threatening or harming other parties to intimidate the intended victim
  • attempting or threatening to harm a victim

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