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Housebreaking

The act of using physical force to gain access to, and entering, a house with an intent to commit a felony inside.

In most states, housebreaking that occurs at night constitutes the crime of Burglary. Some statutes expand the definition of housebreaking to include breaking out of a house after entry has been achieved without the use of physical force, such as when access was gained under False Pretenses.

housebreaking

noun appropriation, breaking and entering, burglarizing, burglary, felony, forcible entry, larceny, looting, pilfering, plundering, raiding, robbery, stealing, theft, thievery, trespassing
See also: burglary

housebreaking

in Scots criminal law, strictly speaking only an aggravation of theft and not a nominate crime. It consists in the surmounting of the security of a building or entering it in any unusual way and the ‘house’ part is satisfied if the building concerned has a roof Housebreaking without intent to steal is not a crime in Scots law although it is likely to constitute a criminal offence of being in a building without permission. See BURGLARY.
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WEST BOYLSTON - Police have named five suspects in two separate house breaks that occurred Aug.
Three Clinton residents are suspected of involvement in house breaks in multiple communities, including Boylston and West Boylston.
Police recognized a similar method to several house breaks that had recently been reported in Sterling and Holden, Tavano said.
Tavano said it fits what police know to be the method of operation for many of the daytime house breaks.
Tavano also warned residents of something he said has become a common ruse used for daytime house breaks.
BARRE - A 39-year-old man has been arrested after a break-in at a home on Bentley Road Wednesday night, but police are warning residents to remain vigilant as they work to determine if the suspect is responsible for any of the other 10 or so house breaks that have happened in town recently.