Learning Objectives


  1. Larceny may be committed by reaching into an individual’s pocket without his or her consent and moving the individual’s wallet several inches.
  2. It is embezzlement if you find and permanently keep property that has been lost by the owner.
  3. The primary difference between false pretenses and larceny by trick is that false pretenses involves obtaining possession of property by the misrepresentation of a fact and larceny by trick involves obtaining legal ownership of property by the misrepresentation of a fact.
  4. The crime of forgery requires that an individual attempt to use the forged instrument that he or she created knowing that the instrument is false.
  5. The only difference between robbery and larceny is that robbery involves the use of force to remove an object from a person.
  6. There is no difference between extortion and blackmail other than that blackmail requires the use or threat of force.
  7. A person who pushes open a half-closed door to a house at night and while standing outside the house reaches inside with his or her arm and grabs a valuable sculpture on a table is guilty of common law burglary.
  8. A landlord who is the owner of a home that he or she rents to a tenant is criminally liable for common law burglary if he or she breaks into the home with the intent to commit a felony.
  9. A conviction for the crime of trespass requires an unauthorized entry onto the property of another with the intent to commit a misdemeanor or felony on the property adjacent to the home.
  10. The common law crime of arson required an actual burning, and smoke damage was not sufficient to constitute arson.
  11. Criminal mischief requires substantial damage to property.