At common law, the crime of burglary consisted of a breaking and entering of a dwelling house of another in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony therein. The modern statutory definitions of the crime are much less restrictive.
For example, they commonly require no breaking and encompass entry at all times of all kinds of structures.
In addition, certain state statutes classify the crime into first, second, and even third, degree burglary. A person is guilty of burglary if he enters a building or occupied structure, or separately secured or occupied portion thereof, with purpose to commit a crime therein, unless the premises are at the time, open to the public or the actor is licensed or privileged to enter. It is an affirmative defense to prosecution for burglary that the building or structure was abandoned. Model Penal Code, No. 221.1.
See also breaking
@ burglary tools
Any implement which may be used to commit burglary though, of itself, it is designed for legitimate use, and possession of which is a crime if accompanied by the intent to use for such illegal purpose and the knowledge of its illegal use

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.


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