Vernal police are looking for a daring Utah thief who grabbed an American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life bucket in a Walgreens and took off with it—and the donations inside.
Don’t Keep Cash on the Counter
The alleged thief was captured on the store’s video surveillance; he supposedly wandered in and out of the store, loitering around the cash registers until no clerks were around. He then snatched the donation bucket and left the store.
What’s the Difference Between Theft, Robbery and Burglary?
Theft, robbery and burglary are different crimes, but potentially related to one another. There are various types of theft, but a basic definition of theft is:
• Obtaining or exercising control over someone else’s property by deception and with the intent to deprive the person of his property
Robbery, on the other hand, is:
• Using force or fear to take someone’s personal property, either right off their person or in their immediate presence. Robbery is a second degree felony.
You might be guilty of burglary if you:
• Enter a building or dwelling (residence) illegally and remain, with the intention to commit a certain crime. Burglary is a third degree felony if it occurs in a building; it’s a second degree felony if it takes place in a residence.
A person who enters a home and steals the homeowner’s jewelry, for example, will probably be charged with theft and burglary—two separate crimes.
Get the Legal Help You Need
Whether you’re accused of being a Utah thief or some other type of criminal, don’t wait to hire a top Utah criminal defense attorney. It’s in your best interest to have an experienced lawyer on your side, both in and out of the courtroom.