Going Equipped

Section 25 of the Theft Act 1968 creates the offence.

A person shall be guilty of an offence if, when not at his place of abode, he has with him any article for use in the course of or in connection with any burglary or theft.

Where a person is charged with an offence under this section, proof that he had with him any article made or adapted for use in committing a burglary or theft shall be evidence that he had it with him for such use.

This offence can be dealt with either in the Magistrates or Crown Court. If convicted in the Crown Court the maximum sentence which can be imposed is a term of 3 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine and in the Magistrates Court 6 months imprisonment and/or a level 5 fine (£5000).

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