Bank burglary in Virginia is entering a banking house while armed with a deadly weapon with the intent to steal money or securities. Bank burglary in Virginia (Va. Code §18.2-93) is a Class 2 felony and is punished with up to life in prison.
Proof of Bank Burglary in Virginia
To convict an offender of bank burglary in Virginia, the Commonwealth must prove that the offender entered a banking house while armed with a deadly weapon intending to commit larceny of money or securities.
- Entering: Entering is any intrusion into the interior of a structure. Burglary is complete when entry is made with intent to commit larceny. The intended crime does not need to be completed to convict an offender of bank burglary in Virginia under Va. Code §18.2-93. If the intended crime is complete, the offender can be convicted of bank burglary and the underlying crime, and will receive consecutive sentences.
- Banking House: A banking house includes a bank, credit union, and savings and loan institution.
- Armed with Deadly Weapon: A deadly weapon is an instrument likely to cause death or great bodily injury. Click here for more information on what is considered a deadly weapon in Virginia.
- Intent to Commit Larceny of Money or Securities: The Commonwealth must prove that the offender intended to steal money or securities.
Penalty for Bank Burglary in Virginia
Bank Burglary in Virginia Statute
§18.2-93. Entering bank, armed, with intent to commit larceny.