Breaking Down the Differences: Burglary, Robbery, and Theft in Illinois.

Posted by Mitch Furman | Feb 03, 2024 | 0 Comments

Burglary, robbery, and theft are all crimes that involve taking someone else's property without their permission. However, there are essential distinctions between these terms.


Burglary is the unlawful entry into a building with the intent to commit a felony, such as theft. It is a Class 2 felony, punishable by imprisonment of 3 to 7 years.

Residential burglary occurs when someone enters another person's dwelling with the intention of committing a felony or theft. It is a Class 1 Felony, punishable by imprisonment of 4 to 15 years.


Robbery, on the other hand, involves the use of force or threat of force to take someone's property directly from their person. Robbery is a Class 2 felony, punishable by imprisonment of 3 to 7 years.

Aggravated robbery occurs when an individual indicates to the victim that they are armed with a firearm or other dangerous weapon. Aggravated robbery is a Class 1 felony, punishable by imprisonment of 4 to 15 years.

Armed robbery occurs when, while committing a robbery, the offender is armed with a dangerous weapon. Aggravated robbery is a Class X Felony and is punishable by mandatory imprisonment of 6 to 30 years.


Theft, also known as larceny, is the act of taking someone's property without their consent. Theft of property under $300 is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to 1 year. Theft of property over $300 is a felony and is punishable by imprisonment of 1 to 15 years, depending on the value of property stolen.

Understanding these differences is crucial for legal professionals and individuals who want to stay informed about crime and protect themselves.

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