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[mass noun] The action of breaking into a building, especially in daytime, to commit a crime. In 1968 it was replaced as a statutory crime (in England and Wales only) by burglary.
burglary, theft, thievery, stealing, breaking and entering, housebreaking, larceny, shoplifting, pilfering, filching, embezzlement, misappropriation, swindling, fraudView synonyms
- ‘They had been convicted on charges including murder, robbery, escaping from custody, possession of explosives and weapons, housebreaking and theft.’
- ‘The fourteen-year old had been convicted of housebreaking.’
- ‘The suspect is due in court here shortly on charges of kidnapping, housebreaking and theft.’
- ‘He had been arrested for more than 40 crimes in the previous year - for offences that included housebreaking, theft and vandalism.’
- ‘He said that at present housebreaking is the biggest crime.’
- ‘He went on to chalk up a string of convictions including housebreaking and armed robbery, before remarrying and fathering another three children.’
- ‘He added housebreaking is not only confined to the central area of Windhoek and that the Police are receiving such cases from all over the town.’
- ‘Car crime and multiple road traffic offences were top of the list, but assault, theft and housebreaking were not so far behind.’
- ‘The hotel residents were arrested for drug possession, car theft and housebreaking.’
- ‘They are to be charged with attempting to murder Muller, abducting him, arson, theft, theft of a motor vehicle and housebreaking and theft.’
- ‘There is a broad body of research highlighting the link between drug use and property crimes such as housebreaking and theft.’
- ‘According to Mamabolo most of the escapees were being held for stock theft, housebreaking and theft and other petty crimes but they ‘should still be considered as dangerous’.’
- ‘The youth has been charged with murder as well as housebreaking and theft, and is due to appear in the East London Magistrates' Court today.’
- ‘In 1947, he was sentenced to five years in prison for a number of cases of housebreaking and larceny, but there was never enough evidence to even try him for the Windsor robbery.’
- ‘However, other aggravated robberies, street robbery, and housebreaking had increased, said Selebi.’
- ‘A youth - accused of rape, housebreaking and theft - burst into tears yesterday when his mother asked the court to keep him in jail for his own safety.’
- ‘A 16-year-old boy will appear before a magistrate today, charged with housebreaking and larceny of $20,000 worth of household items.’
- ‘He has been an accessory before and after the crime of housebreaking.’
- ‘He faces eight charges of housebreaking with intent to commit fraud, 218 of corruption and 268 of fraud, totalling R5,3million.’
- ‘This indicated that crime decreased in the murder, assault, rape, housebreaking and vehicle hijacking categories.’
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