If you have been charged with robbery, burglary or larceny, it is important to understand that those are legal terms and they each mean something different. Unfortunately, in our common language, people often misuse the terms or use them interchangeably. So, what are they? 

A larceny is in fact, a theft, meaning you are permanently intending to deprive someone of their property. A burglary, on the other hand, is the entering of a premises or a dwelling, or perhaps a vehicle, with the intent to commit a crime inside. According to HG.org, this is usually a larceny, but it could be another crime. A robbery is simply larceny, the taking of some property of value, but with the use of force or threatened use of force. 

Now a simple example would be if you went into a store and took a candy bar off the shelf. You then put it in your pocket and walked out. You would have committed a larceny because you did not intend to pay for it and you do not intend to give it back. 

However, you may go into the store and put that candy bar in your pocket. As you are walking out, a security guard put his hand on your shoulder to try to stop you, and you use your hand to push his hand away. That is a robbery. This is because you used force in the course of a theft. It does not matter how little force was used and it does not matter that the force happened after the actual theft. That still fits the definition of robbery.