Theft occurs when someone intentionally takes something that does not belong to them and does so without the consent of the rightful owner. This includes the taking of an item even if it is only temporarily. For instance, borrowing someone’s car without their consent is an offence under the Criminal Code. Some examples of theft include, identity theft, motor vehicle theft, shoplifting, stealing from your employer and theft of services, such as electricity and gas.
If the property that is stolen is valued at more than $5,000, the accused could face a sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment. On the other hand, if the property is valued at less than $5,000, the accused could face a sentence of up to two years’ imprisonment.
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