an illustration from 1884
in common usage, theft is the taking of another person's property or services without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it.:1092–3 the word is also used as an informal shorthand term for some crimes against property, such as burglary, embezzlement, larceny, looting, robbery, shoplifting, library theft or fraud. in some jurisdictions, theft is considered to be synonymous with larceny; in others, theft has replaced larceny. someone who carries out an act of or makes a career of theft is known as a thief. the act of theft is also known by other terms such as stealing, thieving, and filching.
theft is the name of a statutory offence in california, canada, england and wales, hong kong, northern ireland, the republic of ireland, and the australian states of south australia, and victoria.