Section 139 Crimes Act 1900 | Stealing Metal Glass Wood Fixed to House


It’s commonly known that stealing, also known as larceny, is a criminal offence.

However, many people are unaware of the specific stealing offences under the law.

For example, section 139 of the Crimes Act makes it a criminal offence to steal any metal, glass, or wood that is attached to a house or land.

This includes any utensils or fixtures made out of wood, metal or glass, such as fences.

It also extends to situations where these items are stolen from a public place, burial ground, garden, street or square.

You may also be charged with this offence if it is alleged that you broke into someone’s property with the intention of stealing any metal, glass or wood attached to that property.

If you are found guilty of this offence, the Crimes Act states that you will be liable to be punished for larceny.

The maximum penalty for larceny is 5 years imprisonment.

While this might seem like a harsh penalty, it’s important to remember that it will only apply in the most serious cases.

Our expert defence team regularly defends clients in all types of larceny cases and can give you the advice and representation necessary to avoid a harsh penalty under the

The Legislation

139 Stealing etc metal, glass, wood etc fixed to house or land

Whosoever steals, or rips, cuts, severs, or breaks with intent to steal, any glass, or woodwork, belonging to any building, or any metal, or any utensil, or fixture, whether made of metal or other material, or of both respectively, fixed in, or to, any building, or anything made of metal, fixed in any land being private property, or used as a fence to any dwelling-house, garden, or area, or being in any square, or street, or in, or on, any place dedicated to public use or ornament, or in any burial-ground, shall be liable to be punished as for larceny.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Having a criminal record for larceny can have a negative impact on your life and future, making it difficult to secure employment and travel overseas.

However, you can avoid these potential consequences by enlisting the help of a specialist criminal lawyer who has considerable experience fighting larceny matters.

Our lawyers have a wealth of experience fighting a wide range of larceny matters and frequently obtain outstanding results in these cases.

Our in-depth knowledge of larceny law, coupled with our lawyers’ expert advocacy skills, allows us to secure unparalleled results every time.

We always seek to have charges dropped at an early stage by meticulously examining all the evidence to identify problems with the prosecution case.

By raising these issues early on, we can seek to have the charges dropped – leaving our clients free to get on with their lives as soon as possible.

Where your matter proceeds to court, our lawyers will go the extra mile in obtaining all relevant evidence and witness statements to support your case.

Our fearless advocates will examine all relevant witnesses in a strategic manner and will present your side of the story in the most compelling manner.

Alternatively, where you simply want to plead guilty to the charges, we will prepare persuasive sentencing submissions which emphasise the need for a lenient penalty.

Our dedication and hard work in these matters allows us to obtain unparalleled results every time.

For the best result in your ‘steal metal, glass or wood’ case, get our criminal law experts on your side.

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