What is the difference between theft and robbery?

Theft is the intentional, unlawful act of taking another person’s belongings without their consent. Florida law divides theft crimes into the subcategories of petit theft and grand theft. Thefts are classified according to, among other things, the value of the stolen money or property (with $300 and above usually qualifying as grand theft felony).

Robbery is generally considered a more serious crime than petit or grand theft. The key distinction is that it involves the use or threatened use of violence during the criminal act. In essence, a robbery is a theft in which intimidation or force are used to put the victim in fear of physical harm.

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