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[mass noun] The action or crime of stealing.‘he was convicted of theft’[count noun] ‘the latest theft happened at a garage’
robbery, stealing, thieving, larceny, thievery, robbing, pilfering, pilferage, purloiningshoplifting, burglaryraid, hold-upappropriation, expropriation, misappropriation, embezzlementdacoityrip-off, smash and grab, snatchheist, stick-uppeculation, defalcationView synonyms
- ‘These offenders have recently been found guilty of a number of burglaries and car thefts.’
- ‘The drastic move follows a series of thefts and muggings at the church.’
- ‘Along with stamping out burglaries and thefts, a heavy emphasis is put on personal safety.’
- ‘Thus far there have been no charges in relation to the break-ins or thefts this year.’
- ‘There were three thefts, three acts of criminal damage and an attempted burglary last month alone.’
- ‘The security laws ban treason, sedition, subversion and the theft of state secrets.’
- ‘Staff said they believed that some of the thefts from the museum were an inside job.’
- ‘Residents have called police to report drug activity, prostitution, thefts and assaults.’
- ‘Police are calling for motorists to be extra vigilant following a spate of car thefts and break-ins.’
- ‘Scene of crime officers were alerted to the string of thefts when the crimes came to light on Monday.’
- ‘Police say most of the crimes have involved thefts of push bikes or from cars.’
- ‘Most mobiles stolen here disappear as a result of thefts from bags or car seats rather than muggings.’
- ‘This is necessary where two or more persons participate in the original theft.’
- ‘But despite the recent spate of thefts, there has been some good news on crime levels.’
- ‘Police are appealing for information following the theft of a large sum of money from a property in Firth.’
- ‘Police are again urging householders to secure their property after a theft from a house in Hill Lane.’
- ‘Other crimes such as burglaries and thefts from cars had decreased, he added.’
- ‘In the last part of your article you liken the act of music piracy to the theft of physical property.’
- ‘Police in Laindon are urging the public to be vigilant after a string of thefts from people using a cash machine in the town.’
- ‘The crimes are the latest in a series of thefts to have taken place around the area.’
- ‘They included four commercial burglaries, two car thefts and two other thefts.’
Old English thīefth, thēofth, of Germanic origin; related to thief.
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