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One may be charged with theft if he or she knowingly takes control of someone else’s property or services with the purpose of depriving them:

  • Without consent,ohio theft
  • By deception,
  • By threat, or
  • By intimidation.

The seriousness of the charges and penalties in a theft case is dependent on the value of the goods or services stolen

Value of property stolenChargeSentence
Up to $5001st degree misdemeanorUp to 6 months in jail and $1,000 in fines.
$500- $5,0005th degree felony6-12 months in prison and $2,500 in fines
$5,000- $100,0004th degree felony, grand theft6-18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines
$100,000- $500,0003rd degree felony, aggravated theft1-5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines
$500,000- $1 million2nd degree felony, aggravated theft2-8 years in prison and $15,000 in fines
More than $1 million1st degree felony3-10 years in prison and up to $20,000.

If the victim of theft is elderly or disabled the charge will be elevated. If the property stolen is a firearm then the violation is grand theft. If the property stolen is a motor vehicle or a police dog or horse, the violation will be a felony in the third degree.
Source ORC 2913.02