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What Exactly is the Property of Another?

Criminal defense lawyers in Baltimore MD will tell you that property, within the meaning of the theft statute, can be anything that holds value. The law provides a non-exclusive list of things that can constitute property:

  • money
  • real property
  • utilities
  • commercial paper
  • food products
  • and crops are all property.

Of course, probably the most common object of a theft case is personal property: a cell phone, pocketbook, or an item on the shelf in a store. Seasoned Baltimore criminal defense lawyers also know that information itself can constitute property. The FBI advises us that the common locations of theft are:

"In the nation, 26.8 percent of larceny-theft offenses were from motor vehicles (except accessories), 20.8 percent were shoplifting, 10.6 percent were from buildings, 7.4 percent were motor vehicle accessories, 3.2 percent were bicycles, 0.6 percent were pocket-picking, 0.4 percent were purse-snatching, and 0.2 percent were from coin-operated machines. All other larceny-thefts accounted for the remaining 30.1 percent." 1

     -This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 2/3/20. 

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FN 1 https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2017/crime-in-the-u.s.-2017/topic-pages/larceny-theft