In most cases, theft is the stealing of a person’s property to keep him away from its use. Be aware of the fact that theft does not need you to enter a building or structure. For instance, a thief who takes a belonging of someone from a picnic table does not go into a structure to commit the crime. This is because a picnic table is not a building or dwelling.
Moreover, know that theft is only considered a felony or misdemeanour. Felonies are very serious offenses and are punishable for up to a year or more in jail. Normally, states differentiate between misdemeanour and felony theft depending on the worth of the property or belonging stolen. For example, Florida law states that a theft of a property worth of $1000 or more can be charged as a felony and anything up to $1000 is usually charged as a misdemeanour.
Burglary can be charged if you break into a house with the intention to commit a crime or even vandalism. It is also known as a specific intent crime. This suggests that the requisite intent is made when you enter the dwelling, and if you did so with the intent of a crime, then you can be charged with burglary. For instance, if you go to someone’s home and steal a table or anything else regardless of its value, it will be charged with the crime of burglary. Make sure you are aware that burglary is normally considered a felony which is a serious crime. If you are charged with a felony you might have to serve at least a year in prison.