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Thank you for your patience.It depends on what you mean by touching it. For example, if you're in someone's house, and merely touch an expensive painting they have on the wall? No, that's not a criminal act. Theft requires some form of intent to deprive a person of their property without their consent. However, if you were to remove the painting from the wall, walk out the door with it, then change your mind, walk back into the house and put the picture back on the wall, you could be charged with theft. It doesn't matter that you put it back right away, because you took it with the intent to steal it and that would be enough to satisfy the element of theft in most states.Please remember to kindly leave a positive rating for me by clicking on the stars, as that is the only way experts are paid for their time even though you may have already paid a deposit to the site. Follow-up questions asked in this thread do not cost anything additional after leaving a positive rating.If you need clarification about my answer or additional information, please use the SEND or REPLY button to continue our conversation. 5 star service is my goal, so if I have provided less than that, please tell me how I may help!
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