Theft is one of the most common crimes in Illinois and many other places. From pickpockets stealing a few dollars to organized heists involving high-value property, theft takes on many different forms. Though under Illinois law, the value of the property in question plays a significant role in determining the charge and corresponding punishment.
What is the Illinois Definition of Theft?
720 ILCS 5/16-1 provides the Illinois definition of theft. Under this section, a person commits theft when they knowingly:
Obtains or exerts unauthorized control over the property of someone else;
Obtains control over the property of someone else by deception;
Obtains control over the property of someone else by threat;
Obtains control over stolen property, knowing or having a reason to know that the property in question was stolen;
Obtains or exerts unauthorized control over property that is in the custody of law enforcement, knowing or having a reason