Under the Texas Penal Code, there are various types of theft offenses, including:

  • Petty Theft: Also known as “petty larceny,” this refers to the theft of property or services valued at less than $2,500.
  • Grand Theft: This refers to the theft of property or services valued at $2,500 or more. Grand theft can be further classified into several categories based on the type of property stolen. For example, theft of a firearm, livestock, or certain types of controlled substances can result in enhanced penalties.
  • Theft by Check: This refers to the issuance of a check for payment of a debt or obligation when the person issuing the check knows that there are insufficient funds to cover the check. This offense is also known as “hot check” or “bad check” writing.
  • Theft of Services: This refers to the act of obtaining services without paying for them, or by using deception or other fraudulent means to obtain services.
  • Shoplifting: This refers to the act of taking merchandise from a retail establishment without paying for it.
  • Theft of Trade Secrets: This refers to the theft or unauthorized use of proprietary information or trade secrets belonging to a business or individual.
  • Embezzlement: This refers to the theft of funds or property by a person who has been entrusted with the funds or property, such as an employee or agent.
  • Burglary: This refers to the unauthorized entry into a building or structure with the intent to commit theft or another felony.
  • Robbery: This refers to the taking of property from a person through the use of force, threats, or intimidation.

It is important to note that the penalties for theft offenses can vary widely depending on the value of the property or services stolen, the type of theft committed, and other factors.