If found in possession of property which can be proved to have been stolen, in absence of some credible explanation, a person will be found guilty of stealing the property. This includes thefts during a robbery or burglary or handling it. - Theft Act 1968 (TA 1968) and Theft Act 1978 (TA 1978).
What is the penalty for theft?
Theft matters can be heard in ‘either’ the Magistrates Court or in the Crown court and are often referred to as ‘either-way’ offences. In the Crown Court the maximum penalty is seven years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.In the Magistrates’ Court, the maximum penalty depends on when the offence was committed. • For offences committed prior 2nd May 2022, the maximum penalty for a single either-way offence is up to 6 months imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine; or for two or more either-way offences, the maximum penalty is up to 12 months imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine;• For offences committed on or after 2nd May 2022 the Magistrates can impose up to 12 months imprisonment or an unlimited fine for a single offence [see The Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Commencement No. 33) and Sentencing Act 2020 (Commencement No. 2) Regulations 2022]
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