The degree of the crime


A homeowner entered her home and saw a burglar unplugging her television. The burglar ran off without the television, but grabbed the homeowner’s purse from her as he left. The woman tried holding on to the purse, but did not succeed. The purse contained credit cards, a box of new checks from her bank, and $80 cash. Answer the following questions:

a. What crime(s) has the burglar committed? What crime(s) has the burglar attempted?

b. Regarding the television, has the burglar committed a sufficient act for the taking and carrying away element of larceny?

c. How can the monetary value of the checks and credit cards be ascertained to determine the degree of the crime?


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