Definition of burglary
: the act of breaking and entering a dwelling at night to commit a felony (such as theft); broadly : the entering of a building with the intent to commit a crime
burglariousplay \ˌbər-ˈgler-ē-əs\ adjective
Examples of burglary in a Sentence
There have been a number of burglaries in the neighborhood in recent months.
He has been charged with attempted burglary.
Recent Examples of burglary from the Web
Thompson was taken into custody and was charged with second-degree burglary.
Ten percent were committing a robbery, 20 percent a burglary or vandalism, and 21 percent an assault on another civilian.
Officers found stolen property and burglary tools in the car, police said.
A break-in this week at offices of the national prosecuting authority, in which laptops were stolen, followed a similar burglary at the Hawks, an elite crime-fighting unit.
Jusstin A. Johnson, of Glen Ellyn, was indicted on 29 felony and misdemeanor counts of identity theft, theft and burglary from incidents that occurred in January, records said.
Nearly twice the number of car burglaries were reported last month in Glenview than in the previous June, and there have been more vehicle break-ins reported so far this summer than in the same time period last year, according to police.
Ross said his insurance company has talked about increasing premiums for motorbike dealerships in the wake of recent burglaries.
Police charged 27-year-old Sergio Williams of Midland City with 3rd degree burglary and 2nd degree arson on Monday.
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First Known Use of burglary
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Definition of burglary for English Language Learners
: the act of illegally entering a building in order to steal things
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Definition of burglary for Students
: the act of breaking into a building especially at night with the intent to commit a crime (as theft)
Legal Definition of burglary
: the act of breaking and entering an inhabited structure (as a house) especially at night with intent to commit a felony (as murder or larceny); also : the act of entering or remaining unlawfully (as after closing to the public) in a building with intent to commit a crime (as a felony)
burglarious\ˌbər-ˈglar-ē-əs\ play adjective
Additional Notes on burglary
The crime of burglary was originally defined under the common law to protect people, since there were other laws (as those defining larceny and trespass) that protected property. State laws have broadened the common-law crime. Entering at night is often no longer required and may be considered an aggravating factor. The building may be something other than a dwelling, such as a store or pharmacy. Some states (as Louisiana) have included vehicles under their burglary statute. There are degrees of burglary, and some of the usual aggravating factors are the presence of people and use of a deadly weapon.
Origin and Etymology of burglary
Anglo-French burglarie, modification of Medieval Latin burgaria, from burgare to break into (a house)
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