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Law: Theft of Makoto's Laptop Computer

The following situations are similar (all involve the theft of Makoto's laptop computer), yet they represent different crimes. Identify the three crimes, noting the differences among them.

1. While passing Makoto's house one night, Sarah see a laptop computer left unattended on Makoto's porch. Sarah takes the computer, carries it home, and tells everyone she owns it.

2. While passing Makoto's house one night, Sarah sees Makoto outside with a laptop computer. Holding Makoto at gunpoint, Sarah forces him to give up the computer. Then Sarah runs away with it.

3. While passing Makoto's house one night, Sarah sees a laptop computer on a desk near a window. Sarah breaks the lock on the front door, enters, and leaves with the computer.

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The following situations are similar (all involve the theft of Makoto's laptop computer), yet they represent different crimes. Identify the three crimes, noting the differences among them.

1. While passing Makoto's house one night, Sarah see a laptop computer left unattended on Makoto's porch. Sarah takes the computer, carries it home, and tells everyone she owns it.

This crime is theft. Theft is stealing or taking something from someone with the intent to deprive them permanently of the property. In this case Sarah has seen the laptop unattended and has taken it away.

2. While passing Makoto's house one night, ...

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This solution discusses the three questions in 282 words and two references.

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