Theft is the taking of another’s property, without the consent of the owner, with the intent of permanently depriving the owner of the property.
Theft is a Crime of Moral Turpitude
A crime that involves defrauding another, or stealing, is called a crime of moral turpitude. It is considered an indication of a lack of honesty, integrity and trustworthiness.
Various Forms of Theft
Theft may occur in any number of ways. Other forms of theft are classified in the Kansas Statutes:
Robbery is the taking of property from the person or presence of another by force or by threat of bodily harm to any person.
Aggravated robbery is a robbery … committed by a person who is armed with a dangerous weapon or who inflicts bodily harm upon any person in the course of such robbery.
- Knowingly and without authority entering into or remaining within a building, home, mobile home, tent or other structure (which is or is not a dwelling) with intent to commit a felony, theft or sexual battery;
- Knowingly and without authority entering into or remaining within any motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, railroad car or other means of conveyance of persons or property, with intent to commit a felony, theft or sexual battery therein.
The crime of theft may occur in any number of ways, as long as the thief took the property without the owner’s consent with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of the property. The crime of theft is especially deplorable because it speaks of the thief’s moral character.