breaking


breaking
Forcibly separating, parting, disintegrating, or piercing any solid substance. In the criminal law as to housebreaking and burglary, it means the tearing away or removal of any part of a house or of the locks, latches, or other fastenings intended to secure it, or otherwise exerting force to gain an entrance, with criminal intent; or violently or forcibly breaking out of a house, after having unlawfully entered it, in the attempt to escape.
Actual "breaking" involves application of some force, though the slightest force is sufficient; e.g. an actual "breaking" may be made by unloosening, removing or displacing any covering or fastening of the premises, such as lifting a latch, drawing a bolt, raising an unfastened window, or pushing open a door kept closed by its own weight. Sparkman v. State, 3 Md.App. 527, 240 A.2d 328, 331.
Even the opening of a closed and unlocked door or window is sufficient to constitute a "breaking" within terms of statute, so long as it is done with a burglarious intent. State v. Sanderson, Mo.App., 528 S.W.2d 527, 531.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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