California's criminal code is long and complicated, with significant sections dedicated to property crimes.
Most of these offenses are lumped under "theft," but actually, there's no such offense as plain-old "theft" in the California Penal Code. Theft is the category name for property crimes, and it contains a list of offenses.
The legal differences between theft crimes are important because they affect how serious the sentence for each crime can be. So, what are the differences?