Going Equipped for Stealing

In Victoria, the offence of going equipped for stealing carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment.

The Offence of Going Equipped for Stealing

The offence is contained in section 91 of the Crimes Act which states:

A person shall be guilty of a summary 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, theft or cheat.

What the Police Must Prove

To find you guilty of Going Equipped for Stealing, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you:

  • Had an article in your possession;
  • Intended to use the article in the course of or in connection with a burglary, theft or cheat; and
  • You were not at your usual place of residence.

Possible Defence

A person charged with this offence can argue in their defence that they did not intend to use the article for stealing.

Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?

The matter is a summary offence, meaning it must be dealt with in the Magistrates` Court.

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