At around 8 pm on Friday my home was burgled. I’d just got back home when I realized that something was wrong. Although I was sure I had locked the front door when I left home but now it had stood wide open. Immediately, I wanted to know what was happening. As soon as I went in, I smelt cigarette smoke. I thought a burglar had broken into my home and he had smoked during the burglary. I felt frightened when I noticed that unfortunately the burglar was still inside my house and he was carrying my portable television. I gasped in shock.
Remember the vocabulary when you speak about crime mystery stories :
- To steal – to take money or property without permission. Someone stole my bike yesterday. A thief (plural; thieves) is a person who steals things. The crime is called a theft.
- To rob – to take money or property from a person or place. I was robbed yesterday. A robber is a person who steals things from people or places. The crime is called a robbery.
- To burgle – enter someone’s home illegally and take things from their home. Their home was burgled while they were on holiday. A burglar is a person who breaks into houses and steals things. The crime is called a burglary.
- Mugging (noun) – an act of attacking someone and stealing their money.
- Mugger – the person who attacks someone to steal their money.
- Mug – verb
- Shoplifting (noun) – taking something from a shop without paying for it.
- Shoplifter – a person who steals from shops.
- Shoplift – verb
Smuggling (noun) – the act of taking things or people to or from a place secretly and illegally.
- Smuggler – the person who takes things or people to or from a place secretly and illegally.
- Smuggle – verb
- Pickpocketing (noun) – the act of stealing things out of pockets or bags secretly.
- Pickpocket – a person who steals things out of pockets or bags secretly.
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