Rochester Theft and Property Crimes Defense Attorney

Theft and Property Crimes in Minnesota

In Minnesota, every theft offense is a crime. Taking someone’s property without permission is typically a misdemeanor, punishable by up to ninety days in jail. But a number of circumstances may increase the severity to a gross misdemeanor or felony. They include:

  • If the value of the property stolen is greater than $500;
  • If the item stolen is a computer;
  • If the item stolen is property of the government;
  • If the item stolen is a firearm;
  • If the item stolen is a drug.

Fraud and forgery are more severe than ordinary theft. They are often felonies, even if a small amount was stolen. For example, using another person’s credit card without their consent is often more serious than simply stealing cash.


Burglary is not always a theft crime, though many people think of it that way. Burglary is when the accused enters a building without consent and commits any crime inside. The severity of a burglary depends on whether the building is a dwelling, whether the burglar carried a weapon, and what sort of crime was committed within.

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