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Stealing Offences in the Australian Capital Territory
A person who steals in the Australian Capital Territory may commit one of a number of criminal offences. All of these criminal offences are contained in the Criminal Code 2002, which are distinguished according to the elements to the offence. For example, if you dishonestly take somebody else’s property with the intention of permanently depriving the owner, you will commit theft. If you commit theft and in the process hurt or threaten to hurt somebody, you will commit robbery. If you commit theft by trespassing on property, you will commit burglary.
Each of these offences are indictable, meaning they will generally be dealt with by a judge and jury in the A.C.T. Supreme Court, although in certain circumstances an indictable offence can be dealt with by a magistrate summarily.