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Criminal – ‘Burglarious Tool’ – Empty Purse (access required)

Although a woman admitted she emptied her large purse in order to conceal in it shoplifted store merchandise, the purse nevertheless was not a “burglarious tool” and her conviction under Va. Code § 18.2-94 is reversed by the Court of Appeals. The commonwealth contends that because defendant intended to use an empty purse to conceal merchandise, ...

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