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What is the difference between ROBBER, BURGLER, MUGGER and THIEF?


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AussieInBg profile picture AussieInBgOctober 2020
I’ll improve the definition a little.

Burglar: someone who breaks in / forces his/her way into a building so as to steal something. It could be a home, office, factory and so on.

Robber: someone who threatens violence so that he/she can steal something from someone. If the threatened person does not permit the robber to take what the robber wants, then the robber will be violent so that he/she gets what he/she wants.

Mugger: Someone who uses violence without any warning to make it possible / easier to steal something from someone. It could be a criminal hitting someone on the head then stealing something from that person.

Another one not on the list but common is ”pickpocket”.

Pickpocket: someone who steals from someone’s pocket, coat or bag without that person realising that he/she is having something stolen. The thing stolen is directly on the victim, not somewhere else such as on a table.

Thief: someone who steals something without threatening violence. Burglars (usually) and pickpockets can also be classified as thieves (the plural of ”thief”). Someone who takes someone’s wallet from a desk by just walking through a door is a thief, but not a pickpocket or a burglar.

  • exRanger profile picture exRangerNovember 2021
    These are broadly sound definitions, good job of distinguishing among these three ”types” of criminal activity.
anton_maximov profile picture anton_maximovApril 2019

Hi, I'll try to help you with a few of them. The one who is most distinguishing here to me is a burglar, because that's the one who breaks into your house and takes things out. A robber is the guy who threatens in order to steal. He can come to the bank and threaten to injure. A mugger is the one who takes things from a person in a public For example in the mall or in a bus. A thief is a general term to name someone who steals.

Artem_Shylov profile picture Artem_ShylovMay 2021
Robbers, burglArs, muggers, shoplifters and others are thieves.
Robbers are those thieves who steal items and money in banks, shops, casinos etc.
Burglars are those thieves who steal items and money in the houses.
Muggers are those thives who attack the people on streets and steal their money ( We can also call thme (muggers) street robbers).