Theft is often defined as the unauthorized taking of property from another with the intent to permanently deprive them. There are two key elements:
- The taking of someone else’s property; and
- the requisite intent to permanently deprive the victim of the property.
The taking element in a theft typically requires seizing possession of property that belongs to another, and may also involve removing or attempting to remove the property. The element of intent is where most of the complex legal challenges typically arise in theft-related cases.