Theft is the unlawful taking of someone else's property. In criminal cases, we distinguish roughly two forms of theft, simple theft and aggravated theft.
Simple theft is punishable under Article 310 of the Dutch Criminal Code. Theft is an intentional offense, which means that for a judicial finding of fact it is necessary to prove that the suspect has intentionally appropriated someone else's property. The intention (purpose) must thereby be aimed at the unlawfulness of the taking.
Aggravated theft is also taking possession of someone else's property in an unlawful manner, but there are also aggravating circumstances involved. When more than one person is involved in the theft, when violence is used in the theft, when the theft takes place during the night hours or in case of burglary one speaks of aggravated theft.
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