What are broadly grouped together as “property crimes” under the Crimes Code—burglary, robbery, theft, forgery, insurance fraud, etc.—make up 25% of the new criminal cases that are filed each year in Pennsylvania. More commonly, however, these crimes are thought of as theft and white-collar crimes. Caseload Statistics of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, 2018.


These crimes run the spectrum in terms of seriousness: from summary level offenses at the lower end to first-degree felonies at the higher end. They also overlap in some cases with violent crimes, yet they can share qualities with civil claims, like fraud and breach-of-contract actions.


Some of the most commonly charged property crimes in Pennsylvania are these:


If you or a loved one is charged with one of these offenses, call Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney, Ryan H. James, who has tried and argued these cases with successful results.  Attorney James can be personally reached at 412-977-1827, or by e-mail at ryan@rhjameslaw.com