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Burglary and Property Damage

Chapter 569 of the Missouri Revised Statutes covers the offenses of robbery, arson, tampering, property damage, trespass, and burglary.

Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take something of value by force or threat of force and or by putting the victim in fear. At common law, robbery is defined as taking the property of another, with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property, by means of force or fear. A person commits the crime of robbery in the second degree when he or she forcibly steals property. Robbery in the second degree is a class B felony in Missouri. A person commits the crime of robbery in the first degree when he or she forcibly steals property and in the course thereof he, or another participant in the crime, causes serious physical injury to any person; or is armed with a deadly weapon; or uses or threatens the immediate use of a dangerous instrument against any person; or displays or threatens the use of what appears to be a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. Robbery in the first degree is a class A felony in Missouri.

A person commits the crime of burglary in the second degree when he or she knowingly enters unlawfully or knowingly remains unlawfully in a building or inhabitable structure for the purpose of committing a crime therein. This is a class C felony in Missouri.

A person may be charged with burglary in the first degree if he or she commits the crime of burglary in the second degree, and additionally, he or she is armed with a weapon; or the person causes or threatens injury to another person; or another person is present in the building or inhabitable structure. This is a class B felony in Missouri.

A person commits the crime of property damage in the second degree if he knowingly damages property of another; or he damages property for the purpose of defrauding an insurer. Property damage in the second degree is a class B misdemeanor.

A person commits the crime of property damage in the first degree if he knowingly damages property of another to an extent exceeding seven hundred and fifty dollars; or he damages property to an extent exceeding one thousand dollars for the purpose of defrauding an insurer. Property damage in the first degree is a class D felony.

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