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Crime of breaking into and entering a structure with the intent to commit a felony within (seefelony and misdemeanour). It is one of several crimes in the general category of theft. Some state statutes specify degrees of burglary based on when and where the crime occurs, whether anyone is present in the structure when it is broken into, and whether a deadly weapon is used.
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