How Does Illinois Define and Punish Theft Crimes?

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
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Illinois Men Charged with Burglary at Normal Stadium

Three Illinois men face burglary charges after allegedly breaking into the Corn Crib stadium in Normal, according to an article by The Pantagraph.

Reports indicate that these alleged burglary crimes occurred on April 18 and May 9 as well as sometime between May 4 and 5. On those dates, the alleged perpetrators broke into the Corn Crib stadium. But they did not appear to steal any items or other things of value. 

As a result of this incident, local authorities pushed forward with the following charges:

    A 20-year-old man from Bloomington, Illinois faces three counts of burglary; An 18-year-old man from Normal, Illinois faces two counts of burglary; and A 20-year-old man from Bloomington, Illinois faces one count of burglary.

While this incident continues to develop in the legal arena, it seems appropriate to review the Illinois laws against and punishment for burglary. 

Illinois Laws Against Burglary

The Illinois [...]

Police Search for Robbery Suspect in Normal, Illinois

The Normal Police Department is searching for a suspect in the alleged robbery of a delivery driver, according to an article by The Pantagraph

This incident occurred on Tuesday, April 26 at approximately 6 p.m. At that point, the delivery driver just dropped off a food order near Northbrook Drive and Orlando Avenue. That is when the robbery suspect approached the delivery driver. 

The robbery suspect allegedly claimed to have a firearm and demanded cash from the delivery driver. After taking a small amount of cash from the delivery driver, the robbery suspect escaped the scene on foot. The delivery driver did not sustain injury as a result of this incident. 

While the authorities continue to search for this robbery suspect, it seems appropriate to review robbery and aggravated robbery offenses under Illinois law. 

Robbery Under Illinois Law

The Illinois laws against robbery appear at 720 ILCS 5/18-1. [...]

Explaining Two Versions of Vehicular Hijacking Crimes in Illinois

Standard and aggravated vehicular hijacking represent two serious offenses under the Illinois Criminal Code. Often referred to as carjacking in common parlance, these offenses involve the theft of a motor vehicle using force or the threat of force. Furthermore, the presence of certain aggravating factors can lead to enhanced penalties under Illinois law. 

    Vehicular Hijacking

720 ILCS 5/18-3 supplies the Illinois laws against vehicular hijacking. This section prohibits any person from knowingly:

    Taking a motor vehicle from the person or immediate presence of a victim; and Using force or the threat of imminent force to complete the act. 

Section 18-3 also explains the Illinois penalty for vehicular hijacking. Any person who commits this offense will typically face Class 1 felony charges. If convicted for a Class 1 felony in Illinois, the penalties can include imprisonment for four to 15 years and criminal fines up to $25,000. Though certain offenders may [...]