Distinguishing Property Crimes

Wisconsin law distinguishes crimes against property from crimes against a person or the government.

Theft - Robbery

Theft is a crime against property. Robbery, which is theft by the use or threat of use of violence or force, is also a property crime, even though it necessarily involves a person.


Theft heft includes simple larceny; larceny is the taking and carrying away of property of another without permission or the owner's knowledge, and with intent to permanently deprive the owner of that property.

Other Property Crimes

Other property crimes under Wisconsin law include criminal damage to property (called vandalism), arson, Molotov cocktails, burglary, possession of burglaries tools, criminal trespass, identity theft, forgery, criminal slander, shoplifting (which is a simple larceny called retail theft), computer crimes, infecting animals with contagious disease, stealing farm-raised fish, embezzlement, fraud, bribery, robbery, extortion, mail fraud, wire fraud, innkeeper fraud, restaurant fraud, gas station fraud, hotel fraud, and receipt of stolen property.

Wisconsin Criminal Defense Lawyer, Attorney Mike Rudolph

If you are under investigation for a theft crime, or if you have already been charged with a theft offense, please call (920-730-8533) Attorney Mike Rudolph's office right away.

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