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WA Is It Theft To Take Grass From a Park?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by williz, 4 January 2015.

  1. williz

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    If you take grass from a public park, is it stealing or theft?
     
  2. Tracy B

    Tracy B Well-Known Member

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    Technically, yes, as the land will most likely belong to council property. But I doubt anyone will initiate a theft action against you. You may get a fine under council rules. As a general rule, respect signs that say "keep off the grass" or "don't pick the flowers".
     
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    Hi Williz,

    In WA, theft or stealing, is defined under the Criminal Code as "the unauthorised removal of another’s property, with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of it" - generally non-violent in nature. Therefore technically removing grass from council land, without their permission would amount to theft, however whether or not they would prosecute is up to them.
     
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