A theft crime is an illegal act that involves taking another’s property against their will, without their knowledge or by way of deceit. While some theft crimes are violent crimes, others are classified as white collar crimes. Typically, most types of fraud (theft by deception) are considered white collar crimes.
Generally speaking, classifications will be dependent upon the value of property, goods or money that was allegedly taken. The penalties for a theft crime will depend not only upon what state/county has jurisdiction, but also upon the specific crime. For instance, such factors as the use of a weapon or causing injury to another may result in the enforcement of enhanced penalties.