Types of Crime Handled in the Major Crimes Unit

Property Crimes :property crimes fall under crimes proscribing destruction to property (criminal mischief) or the theft of property (criminal possession of stolen property and larceny).

Burglary: proscribes the knowing and unlawful entry or remaining in a building or dwelling where such conduct is accompanied by an intent to commit a crime therein.

Robbery: proscribes the forcible stealing of property. 

Assault: proscribes intentional or reckless conduct that causes physical injury to another person.  Depending on the severity of the injury, the penalties can range from probation or a conditional discharge to twenty five years in prison.

Criminal Mischief: proscribes the intentional or reckless infliction of damage to the property of another.

Theft: Thefts, whether it be shoplifting a pack of gum or embezzling a million dollars, are proscribed under Article 155 of the Penal Law.  If the theft involves the unlawful entry into a building, it may be elevated to the crime of Burglary.  A forcible theft is defined as robbery.

Gambling:  The law prohibits both the activity of bookmaking and the possession of bookmaking records.  Bookmaking is defined as “advancing gambling activity by unlawfully accepting bets from members of the public as a business rather than in a casual or personal fashion”.  PL §225.00(9).

Arson: proscribes the intentionally starting a fire or causing an explosion that damages property of another or causes injury. Depending on the severity of the crime, the penalties can range from probation or a conditional discharge to twenty five years in prison. Click here to visit our Arson section.

Homicide: proscribes the conduct which causes the death of a person or an unborn child  with  which  a female has been pregnant for more than twenty-four weeks under circumstances constituting murder, manslaughter in the first degree,  manslaughter  in  the  second  degree, criminally negligent homicide,  abortion  in  the  first degree or self-abortion in the first degree. Click here to visit our Homicide section.