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Possession of a Burglar's Tool

Another way to commit fourth degree burglary is to be caught in the possession of a burglar’s tool in circumstances indicating you intend to use it to commit a burglary. Experienced criminal defense attorneys in Baltimore are well aware of the statutory definition of a burglar’s tool. It includes many of the more or less common devices one may think of as facilitating the forceful entry into a building.:

  • lockpicks
  • crowbars
  • jacks

That list is not exclusive. A burglar’s tool can be anything that could be used to commit the burglary. Also included in the statutory listing are things such as:

  • explosive material including nitroglycerine, dynamite, or gunpowder; and 
  • a device capable of burning through metal, concrete, or other solid material, including an acetylene torch, electric arc, burning bar, thermal lance, or oxygen lance. 

Source: Section 6-201 of the Criminal Law Article.

     -This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 4/21/20.

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Eric T Kirk

After graduating with honors from Albany Law School in New York, Eric Kirk has spent most of his 25 year legal career battling insurance companies to secure fair and just compensation for his clients in Maryland, New York, and Florida.