Burglary & Theft Glossary of Terms

Burglary: Involves breaking an entering of a person’s home with the intent to commit theft.

Building: structure suitable for affording shelter for human beings including any appurtenant or connected structure.

Dwelling: means a building used as a permanent or temporary residence.

Enters a building without consent:

  • to enter a building without the consent of the person in lawful possession;
  • to enter a building by using artifice, trick, or misrepresentation to obtain consent to enter from the person in lawful possession; or
  • to remain within a building without the consent of the person in lawful possession.

Whoever enters a building while open to the general public does so with consent except when consent was expressly withdrawn before entry.

Government building: a building that is owned, leased, controlled, or operated by a governmental entity for a governmental purpose.

Historic property: any property identified as a historic site or historic place by Minnesota Statute sections 138.661 to 138.664 and clearly identified as such by a posted sign or other means.

Public Building: a building such a hotel, hospital, motel, dormitory, sanitarium, nursing home, theater, stadium, gymnasium, amusement park building, school or other building used for educational purposes, museum, restaurant, bar, correctional institution, place of worship, or other building of public assembly.

Religious establishment: building used for worship services by a religious organization and clearly identified as such by a posted sign or other means.

School building: a public or private preschool, elementary school, middle school, secondary school, or postsecondary school building.

Theft: Involves committing a theft when exerting control over another person’s property without authorization and depriving victim’s property permanently (it must be clear the property in question was not simply borrowed and a misunderstanding occurred).