What is it? Burglary of a Building, or Burglary of a Dwelling, occurs when an individual enters a building or home with the intent to steal items from within. The building need not contain people or be occupied at the time of the entering.
What makes it illegal? The Texas Criminal Penal Code Sec. 30.02. Burglary, indicates that a person commits an offense if he enters a building or habitation and commits or attempts to commit a felony, theft, or an assault.
What are the Punishments? For individuals arrested for Burglary of a Building, or Burglary of a Dwelling, the penalty is a felony. The offense is elevated is enhanced if (1) the premises are a habitation; and (2) any party to the offense entered the habitation with intent to commit a felony other than felony theft or committed or attempted to commit a felony other than felony theft.
Common Criminal Cases Involving Burglary of a Building Arrests: The most common Residential Burglary cases involve preplanned thefts from stores, thefts from storage centers or garages, and thefts from homes.